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Plant and planter advice for a riparium

Hey kids, I need some plant suggestions for a riparium. I want to create a sort of boggy shore look. I haven't set up my tank yet, which is a 25 gallon 18" x 18"
x 18" rimless cube. I created an image of the rough design for my tank, but now I need to figure out what kind of plants I want. They need to be okay with fairly low humidity since the emergent growth will be above the rim of the glass, and I will plant them in planters behind the foam of my Hamburg Mattenfilter. I was thinking of some nice, large leafed plants like Pothos or Anubias, or even crypts or swords. Ideally they would be slow growing so they don't suck all the nutrients out of the water.

I will create a waterfall that flows over a piece of wood tied to the edge of the foam, and then I will plant dwarf baby tears or Utricularia graminifolia to grow over the edge of the foam, kind of like what they did here: http://kuehnast.com/s9y/archives/85-...tenfilter.html

I also have no idea how I'm going to make the planters. Any suggestions? Maybe with Great Stuff spray foam?
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This seems like a good idea. I wonder about evaporation for setups like these with waterfalls. Anyone know how much more evap you'd be looking at on average? I know there are factors like humidity and temp and all that, but on average?
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LFS said they have to top off these tanks (open top) with about 1/4 gallon a day. I'm sure the evaporation will be much higher because of the waterfall.

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Funny you should bring this up.... I tore down my 8g tank and setting up something similar, though not with a mattenfilter as it is such a small tank. I want as much room in the water section as possible for a fish or two. I bought two cans a spray foam and a few netting pots and thought I would use spray foam along the back to hold/ enclose the pots (but leave the bottoms open for draining/roots to grow) This would also allow for a small land area for a few additional plants. I figured pulling out the plants would be easier using the netting pots and the foam would create support (along with some additional internal support from side to side in the tank, if that makes sense.

The waterfall will cause more evaporation, in my 8g I found a lost at least 1/2g a day and had to refill a little less then a gallon every two days. Also, if you create a waterfall be aware that if the water is too low from your waterfall there will be splashing and if its anywhere near your front glass you'll want to clean it daily or rearrange your waterfall. Mine cause hard water stains that drove me crazy trying to keep a head of it.

I do think the foam would be the best option and use a cheap planter cup (netting pots come in several sizes) for a "channel of plants along the back. It would also seem that foam would create a nice support for the filter.

Good luck, can't wait to see what you decide on!


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Netting pots as in something like strawberry baskets? I could do that.

I have some stiff plastic embroidery canvas that I bought originally intending to do a moss wall. I could also cut that into pieces, tie wrap them together to create a planter basket. I think that will work quite well, similar to the strawberry basket but with small holes.

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Also, I think I'm going to make an acrylic cover for this tank to reduce evaporation. It'll be ugly, but I can just take the cover off whenever I come home.

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Here is what they look like. I did not get mine here but just grabbed a photo from the internet.

https://rasahydroponics.com/index.ph...&product_id=69

I also have have the plastic canvas from an art project that I am going to play with as well but thought I would use it at the bottom of the trough like holder for good drainage/root growth. I think it would work great, a few tiny zip ties and you'd have a very cheap pot any size you need.

I think a cover would work, just keep an eye on air flow, that should keep down any mold/pest issues that crop up over time.


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The cover will only touch 3 edges, I'll leave the area behind the foam uncovered.

Tank journal: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...aquascape.html

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