After viewing everyoneís beautiful ripariumís, Iíve decided to try my hand at it. Devin at Riparium Supply has been very accommodating in answering all of my questions. I would highly recommend his website for information and supplies.
Standard 75 gallon, open top
Filters: Fluval canister filters 305 and 405
Lights: Catalina T5 HO 3x54w - coming this week!
Substrate: none, eggcrate bottom with whales eye shells and tan quartz rocks
Extra Flow: Koralia 2
Planters: 48Ē planter pack by Riparium Supply
Plants coming Saturday from Riparium Supply:
Dwarf Taro (Colocasia fallax)
Swordplant (Echinodorus cordifolius)
Swordplant (Echinodorus palaefolius)
African mask plant (Alocasia amazonica)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans)
Java fern (Microsorum sp.) good-sized rhizomes
Milkweed (Asclepias sp.) rooted plant
Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie') rooted plant -
Bacopa (Bacopa madagascariensis) cuttings
Hyptis (Hyptis sp.) cuttings
Aluminum Plant (Pilea sp.) - cuttings
Ludwigia (Ludwigia repens) Ė cuttings
The tank is set up already as a Tanganyikan cichlid tank. I redid it this last weekend, extending the outflows of both canisters (using temporary tubing until the fluval parts come in), put egg-crate on bottom, added a Koralia2 to the tank and scaped into two separate areas. Shells on one side for the Lamprologus multifasciatus shell-dwellers and rocks and fake tree trunk on the other side for the Cyprichromisís and Julidochromis Ornatus. I was having a small problem w/BBA and green algae, most do with shell-dweller setups. I ordered 5 java ferns from eBay, they guy musta sent me 20! I have also been adding 1 capful of excel to my tank daily, between the excel and the java ferns, my algae problem is slowing diminishing. Below are some pics.
Today I received my Reparium Supply planters.
Catalina lights will be here this week, plants will be here Saturday. Iíve never kept a photo journal on any site, thought it would be something to try. Iím very excited about this new tank. Iíll post pictures of it completed this weekend.