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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2014, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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30 Breeder Riparium

30 Breeder Riparium

I have a start on another new riparium setup and here are a couple of quick pictures. The tank is a standard 30 Breeder, but I carefully removed the to plastic rim and resealed the vertical seams. The rounded stones and riparium plants are intended to represent a river or stream shoreline area. This will be looking pretty good when the midground riparium plants on trellis rafts have grown in a bit more.





The finer gravel that I added after getting these pictures clouded the water.

I have not made up my mind yet about livestock, but I am leaning toward using a pair of some Cryptoheros sp. cichlid matched with some kind of livebearer in a larger group. The planting is more or less representative for a Central America stream environment.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2014, 02:23 AM
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Beautiful! I love the large rocks. Your stock list sounds fun, too. Never kept them, but the cryptoheros are an attractive group.

How are you keeping the terrestrial plants? Is there a separate compartment for them in the back? Pics to share?

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He uses these: http://ripariumsupply.com/products-p...lanter-3-pack/

And that is hydrophyte's website. He created products for this type of planting style. Look over his website and his other threads on The Planted Tank Forum.

Lots of good stuff! I've got plenty of planters and plants from hydrophyte.
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Thanks you guys! I'll try to make some more headway and get some pictures soon. I hope to track down some fish as soon as I can.

The plants aren't really terrestrial species. They are marginal semi-aquatic plants that can grow well with their roots underwater like that. Most regular terrestrial plants won't do so well planted in this way.
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I added a half-dozen juvenile sajica. They look pretty good, but for now they are just hiding all the time.

I have been looking around on Aquabid for ideas for a second species to add. I'd like to get some kind of livebearer that I haven't kept before and with more or less the same geographic theme. Brachyrhaphis are pretty cool and occur in Costa Rica and Panama. There are a few other possibilities for livebearers from that area.
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I have a quick update. Here is the tank with a layer of gravel and fish.



After I added the sajicas they just dove right under the plants and out of sight, but last night I added a temporary group of bosemani rainbows and now the cichlids are more outgoing. I'm still working on ideas for some kind of livebearer to add.

The plants all look real good.

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I have a lead on a small group of Limia melanogaster. These might look good with the T-bars.

A few years ago I kept L. vitatta and I liked them very much.

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