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65-gallon Riparium: TOTM 12/09

I started this project several months ago, but finally took the time to get some good pictures. I hope that I will remember to update later on.

My general idea is to emulate a South America riverbank habitat. This is a loose interpretation, for example, I have a group of a half-dozen Punitus barbs in there. Some of the plants are pretty representative, such as a couple of different Echinodorus. I also have tetras, a bristlenose pleco and Apistogramma.

Here is the display. It's in a 65 tall Aqueon tank with top rim removed.



I double-posted this picture over in the DIY forum where I was explaining stand build.

The emergent plants are all planted in Riparium Supply accessories. The underwater plants are planted in pool filter stand. They get bi-weekly ferts and Excel every day. That Teklight is bright, but the immersed plants do OK without pressurized CO2 because the emergent stuff throws a lot of shade. They need to grow in some more, but I am pretty happy with the emmersed plants. I need to work on the underwater scape some more. I would appreciate any suggestions that you might have.

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tank is looking pretty sweet
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I like it so far. I dont have any tips though. I'd like to see what it becomes. Very NICE!
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i LOVE it

i think you should add a little color in there though, above, and underwater

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i LOVE it

i think you should add a little color in there though, above, and underwater

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you are right. the fish add a lot of color. i might have remembered to throw a food wafer in there so that they would swarm around the front. i have a Phragmepedium orchid growing in there, but it's all done flowering. i will try to go find some orchid pictures.
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Absolutely gorgeous!

If you got a close-up of the water part of the tank you might get more feedback on scaping ideas, it's a little hard to see what's going on in there from the pics you've posted since most of the light is reflecting off of the emergent growth


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I love the tank. It is great.
It looks like you painted the sides as well as the back. Do you like it like that?


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Looks quite nice! I would love to see some closer shots of the tank


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I love the tank. It is great.
It looks like you painted the sides as well as the back. Do you like it like that?
the black background really helps to highlight the plants. i applied it with latex paint, so i can take it off easily enough too.
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i got a decent picture of a bloom on the big Echinodorus palaefolius plant that's over on the left side of the display.

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Dang! You just keep crankin' 'em out! I love it! The lily is awesome

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Gorgeous setup. I have never done a biotope but this certainly inspires me to do one. I have a novice question. Are the emerged plants known to grow emerged? If so can you name them please, other than the sword.

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Dang! You just keep crankin' 'em out! I love it! The lily is awesome
thanks very much. hey i have an update too for my all crypts riaprium project.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...allon-all.html

i think that that one is more interesting. i don't know why nobody ever opens it(?).
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Gorgeous setup. I have never done a biotope but this certainly inspires me to do one. I have a novice question. Are the emerged plants known to grow emerged? If so can you name them please, other than the sword.
here is a quick list:

emergents
  • Echinodorus palaefolius
  • Echinodorus "melon sword"
  • Ruellia brittoniana
  • Acorus gramineus
  • Ophiopogon japonicus
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Colocasia fallax

underwater
  • Hygrophila angustifolia
  • Hygrophila polysperma
  • Nympaea stellata
  • Sagittaria subulata

as you can see, this is a biotope loosely interpreted. many of these plants are not of South American origin.
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hydro, That is a way cool display! The stand with the stained wood and metal framing connectors is very well done. Warm looking yet industrial.
Great job
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