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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Riparium

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.
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http://ripariumsupply.com/ probably has 95% of what you need. The owner, Hydrophyte, is a very active member/sponsor here. If he sees this thread I'm sure he will point you in the right direction.


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Thanks, those would be options, however if i can, im just looking at maybe building these myself from scratch to save money and have a little fun. Im figuring i could use foam or Styrofoam to construct floating docks attached to say cup plant holders which use suction cups to adhere to the glass. Any tips for the DIY route would be great!
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Do a search for soap/sponge holders at your local Target or the like. You'll usually get some kind of plastic basket with suction cups attached to them. Typically, however, they are big and shallow and my not be the best looking things.

The Riparium Supply stuff is top notch for sure. The new magnetic planters are awesome.

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