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First Riparium! 10g Killifish Breeder w/ Hydrophyt's Kit

Wow, didn't even know this section of the forum existed, its kinda hidden away. Looks like this seems to be the place for Riparium builds so I better get this journal going here as well! I got in on hydrophyte's money off deal on a Riparium kit if I agreed to document everything. I probably would have anyway but this way I get a deal! lol

Still getting everything setup, but im planning on an Amazon/SA style setup with a ton of Manzanita coming out of the water and then of course the Riparium plants. Don't think ill have any plants in the actual aquarium part but ill play it by ear. As for fish like the title says the only thing planned right now are two pairs of Killifish, maybe some shrimp, would like to have some breeding going on. Not gonna go too crazy looking for only SA Killi's, just gonna get ones I like.

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Tank: Using an old 10g I've had for probably 12 years and used for all kinds of critters.
Filter: Using this little guy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details Wont need much filtration and I wont have much in the way of fish, the plants will do most of the filtering for me.
Lighting: Custom 27w desk lamp from home depot. Would post a link but I don't think its made anymore.

Anyway, on the the pics! Any questions just ask, also wide open to any suggestions!


Here the tank just after being totally de-rimmed and getting a water test:



After spray painting the black background sitting in place. I use Rustoleum flat black for all my backgrounds, always works good:



And finally for today, my awesome, super genius, homemade lighting solution! This is a 27w desk lamp I bought at home depot a year ago for my 5g nano. Its an amazing light that has just the right output and color for plants, and as I no longer have my nano it was just in the closet. Did some modification to the arm to get the angle I wanted and screwed the base right into the wall!


Now im just waiting on my kit! Will update once it comes in and I get some stuff in there lol

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How clever, screwing the light into the wall! LOL
I'm subscribed to this one, looking forward to seeing more!

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Great Idea on the lamp, Looking forward to seeing it come together!


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Looks great so far, very classy!
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Looks like a great start! Any plants you've decided on yet? The filter looks like something that might work for the setup I'm planning--how do you like it?....thanks for the link.

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Finally, update time!!!!

Finally got back from being out of town and got the thing started for real! Hydrophytes kit is really awesome, I had no idea what I was doing but with the rather good instructions I think I did ok.

Without further stalling here are the pictures, since his kits come with great instructions I wont be doing a full step-by-step here, but will give a brief overview.

The kit as it arrived out of the box:



The individual pieces that make up each starter pack:



My first raft, filled with the planting gravels and the fertilization disk:



The fist plant I took out of its package, each plant was labeled with its name and how best to use it, this one is Cyperus:



My first successfully built planter, a big moment :



First planter added to tank with raft attached:



One of the plants came in wet newspaper already planted, wasn't labeled but its a sword of some kind for sure. I had no idea what the fibery stuff was and the base of the plant so I removed it, hope I was supposed to lol:



And finally, the tank with all the rafts put together and installed:




Overall I think it came out pretty good for my first time. Im not totally set on the hard scape but its late and it will do for tonight. Cant wait to see everything start to grow!

Comments, questions and criticisms very much appreciated! Thanks
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That`s an incredibly nice start. I really like the variety of plants you have in that one. Just wondering what killies you will be adding. FW shrimplets are a major source of food for a lot of killies in the wild. I hope they won`t get eaten. I have some rcs mixed with clown killies and they are working out fine.

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Certainly looks like you know what your doing and off to a great start! I really like your wood layout, I can imagine it with smaller anubia attached to it for a little under water greenery. I'd like to see what it would look like with the water level a little higher to showcase the wood a bit more. With the nice plain wall behind it, when the plants perk up and grow a bit it will look fantastic. Is that bacopa on the raft farthest to the right? If it is, I would suggest trimming it back a bit more, you'll be surprised at how fast and bushier it grows in with a good trimming. On mime I cut the stems in half trimmed the lower leaves off so none of them were touching the raft and planted one in each little hole on the raft and it is filling in and forming a nice mound of bacopa. (I left about 1/2 inch of the stem under the water) I found if the lower leaves sat on the raft they ended up melting away and making a mushy mash on it.

Looking forward to seeing your plants fill and fish make their way into the set up!


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Hey this is looking great. Nice job planting all of that up and it looks like you have a real good design concept for the whole thing. Nice pictures too!

Do you have any more fish ideas yet? I was going to say that a lot of killis are prone to jump, but it looks like you have that water low enough to keep them inside the tank. Those 10G tanks have such thin glass I probably wouldn't trust a de-rimmed 10 with much more water than that.

There are so many amazing killis to consider it's surprising people don't use them as display fish more often.

This swordplant is Echinodorus palaefolius (AKA rangeri sword). It's a real good plant and easy to grow. This was a nice established specimen that I sent. Yep that fiber around the top is coco moss and just for packing to keep the gravel inside the planter.

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Thanks! Is there anything special I should do for the Mermaid Weed? Its looks like its wilting and drying out. Also the Cyperus has brown tips on some of the leaves, should I trim those leaves off or will they come back?

As for killies, im getting a pair of Gold Aphyosemion australe for sure, and then another pair of one of the other Aphyosemion. The fish will have to wait a bit though, just found out today that I lost my job so will have to wait till im working again to buy pricey fish. But can work on maintaining the plants till then anyway!
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Sorry to hear about the job. Thats a bummer but you will find a new one and have those Killis before you know it.

BTW, great job on the tank! Kind of is inspiring me to do something similar with this extra 10g I just put substrate in and is sitting on my dresser.

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Update: This are starting to happen! The sword plant is starting to grow really well, and the two leafy foreground plants are really starting to stand up. Haven't had much luck with the mermaid weed but the bacopa is staring to grow. Also added a few things to the water, added a big trim from my big bocapa plant in my 29g, and my betta. This is the perfect betta tank until I decide to get the killies. Also added an Almond leaf to brown the water and I think it matches the decor.

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