Ah, one more person got their feet wet with ripariums!
Wait, that didn't come out quite right. I mean, good that we have one more person learning about ripariums and about to enjoy the fun of tending one. Good luck! When I set up my 15H I was all thumbs, and not green ones either.
I am really excited about this project, especially learning a riparium is roughly a 'river basin
.' Since I grew up on the Ohio River surrounded by creeks this was a perfect project for me.
I am not glad, but am glad I am not the only one who has struggled with this. I am honestly discouraged by my lack of ability. I figure I'll just copy your guys' until I get a feel for it.
By the way, thanks for the good luck wishes. Looks like I am going to need it.....my floor is still soaked and I got water all over me trying to stop the siphon from sucking up a baby CPD (Celestial Pearl Danio - for those who don't know the acronym). I hope I didn't get any fry on the floor. On the plus side, I tried counting all of them and started counting more than I thought I had.
I had to stop for the evening due to the huge mess I was forced to clean up and the fact I kept slipping on the floor. Safety first.
Hey that looks like a good start. That Coralife lamp ought to shine bright enough. Those Marsilea could be an excellent underwater foreground. Are you going to keep them in there? It looks like it's nice and humid in there, which will be good for those fresh Hyptis cuttings while they develop some roots.
Do you have ideas about livestock? Are there any fish in there already? I think I see a couple of red spots that might be RCS(?).
Thanks, hydrophyte. I linked your journal above, I hope you don't mind. I noticed a strange smell when I went into the room later. It is like a green house, clean smell. Is it possible that is the plants? If so, I like it.
I think the red you are seeing is either the heater knob (why do they make the 'stealth' heater with a bright red knob??) or red ramshorns. So far, there are CPD fry and ramshorns/pond snails. I have plans to put back the ottos I moved out this morning to another tank to help with some serious diatoms. I was thinking I might use danios, minnows, female feeder guppies or keep CPDs in the tank. That, or I am going to use just cherry red shrimp. Any suggestions? At first, I am leaving the CPDs until they are older, so I have plenty of time to make up my mind.
Those Hyptis are very nice. Once I get this settled, you're going to have to help me identify the plants you sent me. There are so many species. I am still trying to figure out the trellis situation. Can I set a plant on it, or does the plant have to be placed in the planter?
The Marselia is staying. What I like about this......[time to scroll forward to avoid the reminiscent story].........is the fact my Great Aunt, Great Grandma, Grandma and Grandpa and I used to spend hours in the garden and outdoors. My aunt would be working, would randomly stop in a field of clover and pick out the four leaf clover. EVERYTIME! I never found one in the years I looked for them until I got this marselia sp.
This particular sp. randomly shoots up a four leaf every once and a while and I feel so warm and fuzzy thinking of my time living with my grandparents. Hence the name of the journal, Charley Crick. Not how it's spelled, but how it's pronounced.
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