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riparium advice please!

Any idea if Tradescantia Blossfeldiana is suitable for ripariums? I'm planting in my overhead filter trays and am looking for something that will grow in shallow moving water.

This is the last tray to be planted as its still got filter media in it but I'm hoping I can plant over the top. The other trays are full of gravel and hydroballs and are happily growing:

pilea moon valley
aluminium plant
spider plant
peace lilly
fittonia red vein
pink fittonia

Anyone have any good ideas on what else I can use?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 01:08 PM
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post a picture, I'd love to see the overhead tray. I've used basically every plant/herb in my HOB.
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Thats the bit Ive got planted up atm. Its not been in long so its got quite a bit of growing in to do.



The fittonia is new and looking a bit pathetic but its got a little new growth coming in.



The aluminium plant arrived in the same batch of plants but is growing much much faster.



Thats the tray that I want to put new plants in. You can see its really shallow, not much deeper than the thickness of the filter floss. Maybe a centimeter.



The other trays have about 5cm of substrate which is wet all the way through. The spray bar for the filter keeps everything moving and it drains through spouts at the bottom of the tray.
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I'm pretty new to all this so any advice/constructive criticism would be appreciated.

Saw the nitrate levels in the aquarium dip a bit as the peace lillies started to grow. Hoping to continue this trend as I have horrible London water with a constant 40ppm nitrate reading from the tap. The tank is low tech so the aquatic plants wernt really making a dent in the nitrate by themselves.
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Sweeet...This is an idea I've had at the tip of my brain but could not get out, till you actually posted pictures of.

Few questions if you don't mind:

1) I am planning on letting HOB outflow water run across tray, have you considered this method?

2) Are you using a canister outflow? Is the piping aluminum conduit?

3) What are you using to brace tray to tank? Where did you get it?
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1) No, this set up is basically unmodified appart from the replacement of the filter media with gravel. It never really occured to me to design something else.

2) Yep the outlet into the empty tray is from my external filter and the piping is all the horrible brittle plastic that came with the tank/filter.

3) The trays sit on runners in the lid, not really much help to you as this is just the design of the tank. This is the place I got it from, maybe that gives you a better idea what I'm using:

http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aq...r-colours.html

I know this isnt really a riparium set up as the hood splits the 'riparium' bit from the main body of the tank but it should work for the same plants. I really wanted a rimless set up like the ones hydrophyte does but couldnt afford one big enough. Could have just taken the lid off and put planters in the back but the rim and brace would really annoy me.

Anyway I bought the tradescantia so I guess I will just put some in the substrate and some in the empty tray and see what sticks.

Others on the short list for me to try are:

Pteris ensiformis - silver lace fern
Begonia Rex - purple painted begonia
Chameadorea elegans - Parlour Palm

If you know any reason why they won't work, please say before I buy them

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My understanding is a hydroponic setup will support most terrestial plants (even cactii).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPa3w7QHpY

Might have to adjust water/nutrient parameters, such as 70-80F Avg temp, CO2/Airstone Cycle, HO lights, and neutral pH specific to plant, so go ahead and research and experiment.
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New plants! I now have a painted begonia, parlour palm, silver lace fern. The tradescandia has been in for about a week and each cutting has grown dramatically. Looks like its a total winner. I know the layout is a mess but I want to leave it a month or so to settle before I start uprooting stuff.
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Wow what a great set up - I bet the designer of the filter would be impressed with what you have done with it. It looks great with the additional pants! Now we just need a full tank shot I'm not sure you actually need any advice... the only think I would suggest is moving one of the Peace Lily's on the right over to the far left to give it just a bit more balance and texture as it all grows in or just add one more to the left and keep the right like it is.


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