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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-14-2012, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon riparium??

id like to make my 10 gallon upgrade for my betta a riparium. the whole reason id like to is bc every time i do a water change on a tank i love the way it looks half full. the plants ive been thinking about are pothos vines and bacopa carolina thats been it so far haha. i cant think of anything else i could use that'd stick out of the water. right now i have crypt wendetti, a lily bulb that grows a lot everyday, and a banana plant that isn't doing good anymore (its just started loosing it leaves for some reason). i have a couple of questions though
1. do i need filteration with the plants and just the betta? it'll probably be a dirt tank.
2. what kind of lighting should i use? right now i just have a regular flourescent hood that grows plants pretty well.
3. how do i propogate my pothos bc right now i have a pretty large one in my room.
also pictures of 10 gallon ripariums would be cool if anybody has any.


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this is the one im making :p
its a 10 gal palu

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=86185
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I can help you out here....

1. No, you don't really need filtration. I'd probably want a little bit of flow however, so maybe a small power head?
2. It really depends. I am partial to T5HO fixtures. You can get them for pretty cheap at hydroponics stores. Do you plan on hanging the fixture?
3. I am pretty sure pothos grows via cuttings. I'd do a quick Google search to be sure, but you can probably just take a leafed cutting and stick it in some water to grow roots.

I've never had a 10 gallon, but a 20 gallon which is pretty close:

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wow those look great! ripariumd guy what are the plants that you have in there? and id rather not have to hang the light.


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would a clamp fixture like this work?
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053


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Yep, one or two of those clip ones would work fine. Just make sure you get a proper bulb for them.

Glad you like the tank! As far as plants go with that setup I had:
  • Spathiphyllum, peace lilies
  • Pilea nummulariifolia
  • Pilea "silver tree"
  • Dieffenbachia, dumb canes

All of those are really common in the house plant trade, so you can probably find them at a local green house/nursery.

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i hope i can make something like that.


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I'm pretty new to the Fresh Water business (more of a reef tank person) so i wish you the best of luck! If i could afford it I'd be doing the same thing right belong side you
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it doesnt really cost more than setting up a regular tank.


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I had forgotten about this setup. That one sure looked nice. A 20 High is a good shape for a smaller riparium setup.
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would anubius work or would i need a glass hood for them?


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For Anubias you would need to have the tank covered. It need high humidity.

Anubias grows really well on the trellis rafts...



For an open-top setup a better trellis raft would be a Pilea, such as P. cardierei.

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are pilia easy to find? i found some on a website but i dont like the costs of shipping if i can find it local
http://www.alphaprobreeders.com/pilea-glauca/
what about crypts? i have some wendetti.


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I have lots of P. cardierei here.

Crypts also definitely need to be in a high-humidity setup. The one exception is C. ciliata, which is a weird plant with leathery leaves and very different from other crypts.
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do you mean localy? where at? the problem with me getting plants now is that most places dont have many anymore bc its winter.


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