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Substrate/soil for riparium plants

Hey all, I'm getting the following plants to put in some suction-cup planters:

Sphagneticola trilobata (Widekia oxeye)
Spathiphyllum (Peace lily)
Saururus cernuus (Lizard's Tail)
Ruellia brittoniana (Mexican bluebell)
Echinodorus grandiflorus
Asclepias curassavica (Mexican milkweed)
Colocasia fallax (Dwarf taro)
Acorus gramineus (japanese sweetflag)

Apologies if any of those are incorrect names...I'm curious what type or brands of substrates are best for riparium plants. I've mostly seen people recommend clays/fine gravels, which I'm thinking maybe then something like fluorite? But I've also seen certain plants, like peace lilies, do best with a more root space and you should use hydroponics pellets.
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I use Flourite in my planters - and it works great.

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Thanks! Thats what I'll go with.
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I use expanded clay media balls and dose tank with liquid ferts OR add an osmocote+ root tab to the shower caddies I plant them in. Had a riparium going for over 3 years that way before taking it down to use lights for another setup.

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Cool cool. I ended up getting some of that as well.

Yours turned into quite the jungle!
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Cool cool. I ended up getting some of that as well.

Yours turned into quite the jungle!
Yes it did, couldn't evens see into the tank at the end, all roots and too shaded by the plants. I miss it.. will have to set up another in the future.

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I use pea gravel, with water collumn ferts. I have trimmed and replanted mine a couple of times so it's not as overgrown as AquaAurora's but it does grow really well.

I've also found that filter foam (open cell or reticulated foam) in hang on back filters does a decent job of growing plants, though replanting is next to impossible.


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I use filter foam myself. No, I haven't really tried replanting with it, haha. But the stuff is fantastic for rooting fuschias in. Yes, the yard plant. Massive root growth in weeks, and I bet they could be trimmed enough to be manageable as a riparium plant. Someone should experiment with that
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