Alright, so im interested in making my 55 bowfront a riparium.
Im experienced in keeping cichlids, and my 55 currently has a few plants and is filled 80% up. I plan on eventually emptying it to make a proper stand along with cleaning it, as i just have juvi cichlids in there at the moment. They will mostly be sold or going in my 90 hap peacock tank in a few weeks, so this allows me for planning time. I have a fluval powerhead filter and a whisper, both are intank.
What is the easiest and most cost effective way to go about this for a newbie? That includes, planters, lights, etc. My girlfriend already has a number of plants sprouting around the house, and i figured we can mostly combine some of our plants in this riparium. So i will need a way of effectively growing paritally submerged plants, as well as hiding planters for ones that will be above the water line such as my girlfriends herbs/flowers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.