So I've been lurking around this forum for a while oohing and aaahing over y'alls gorgeous riparium setups, so when hydrophye's excellent discount-in-exchange-for-documentation deal popped up a few weeks ago I decided to go for it. I am sort of new-ish to freshwater aquariums in general, I set one up as a kid but never have since, but I got a tank and most of the necessary equipment for free.99 when a friend of mine moved out of the country. So I may or may not know what I am doing, but anyways heregoes...
1. Strangely shaped tank... would be a 45(?) gallon if you could fill it to the top, but it's currently got about 25 in it. Note the bizarre geometry.
2. ZooMed Aquasun T5HO fixture. Right now I have 2x 24watt T5HOs. Is this too much light? Opinions???
3. Rena XP2, does its filter-y thing.
4. Heater... nothing special.
5. Goofy "bioreacter" CO2 system. As far as I can tell, this things just circulates tank water around the headspace of a mini yeast/sugar fermenter and then air-pumps it back out into the tank. Not so sure this is really necessary b/c I have very few submerged plants but I am currently doing this mostly to control algae while I wait for my plants to grow in and block out some of the light. Does that make sense??
5. Hella fluorite
6. Some real nice manzanita branches courtesy of plantbrain!
So yeah, here's my "scape" and various gear...
So the look I'm going for is sort of western temperate stream-y, or as my boyfriend calls it "So-Cal drainage ditch". Har har. I really like the look of Cyperus ubrella sedge combined with a carpet of stems like I've seen on this forum a few times.
Tomorrow I'll post some pics of it filled and planted. Here's what I got so far:
Anemopsis californica, or "yerba mansa"
Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis, "umbrella sedge"
Asclepias currasivarica, "milkweed"
Ruellia "mexican petunia"
Hemigraphis exotica "purple waffle"... doesn't really fit I know, but i happened to get some for free.
I'm currently looking for some more stem plants, especially limnophillia aromatica and other stems that will have fine leaves and/or interesting flowers grown emersed. I saw somebody on the forum growing some gratiola aurea emersed and it was quite lovely.
So yeah, I'd welcome suggestions, corrections, put-downs, childish name calling, etc. Thanks for reading!