Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Right. I was taken off guard getting what seemed like a lot of grief all at once. To be candid, I am nervous, the economy is terrible and I have bet the proverbial farm on this.
Can you source any of your references for the term riparium? The definitions that I encountered--and there weren't many--amounted to "a paludarium with a waterfall feature". I don't think that this describes anything especially unique--being more like a variation of a paludarium design--and, as these kinds of designs are usually put together, are not very good representations of riparian habitats as they are generally recognized, the margins of rivers, lakes and streams. Rather, they are depictions of trickles on wet rock walls or spring seeps, and can obviously present very pleasing appearances and serve as good habitats for some kinds of plants and livestock.
So, given that the current uses of the word riparium are not very representative of riparian habitats and given that hardly anyone was using the term, most instead favoring paludarium and sometimes vivarium to describe similar kinds of displays, I propose that the term riparium represent "an aquarium display that emulates the aquatic and terrestrial aspects of a riparian habitat, including the plant and animal species that occur therein". To describe the types of displays that I have set up I would expand this with "the use of hanging and floating plant supports": since the display seeks to represent the very edge of the shoreline, it may not be necessary to represent the terrestrial part with a built structure, which could also take up a lot of room in the display enclosure.
The hanging planters probably are the same plastic cup accessory that you saw at Lowes, or something similar that is made by the same manufacturer. I had used those piece as my prototypes, but I found that they functioned very well for this application, so I entered into an agreement with the other company. I decided against trying to build molds for my designs that were to be manufactured with plastics injection molding.
Obviously, one could DIY the hanging planter easily enough, but after rounding up the associated items would probably find that it would have saved time and cost just a little bit more to purchase the Riparium Supply product. It would be inadvisable to resell those cups or anything very similar as a planted aquarium accessory, because that would be patent infringement.
Perhaps the discussion of semantics should be continued in another forum. I just wanted to post the link and see what people thought of the Website. I have loaded a couple more pages. I hope to build the blog much more too.