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My First Real Riparium

Just thought i'd share the start of my riparium adventure. The tank is 60x40x30cm. Just simple planting, Java Fern, Vallisneria Asiatica, Anubias Nana, Dwarf Hairgrass, torn up Marimo Moss ball attached to small rocks. Hopefully it all grows in well and creates two islands either side of the tank. Above the water in planters are Syngonium, Chamaedorea Elegans, and some cuttings of Staurogyne Repens to see how they do. And floating is Phyllanthus Fluitans.

Livestock:
11 Nannostomus Marginatus/Dwarf Pencilfish.
6 Corydoras Trilineatus/3 Stripe Corydoras.
2 Otocinclus.
1 Apistogramma Agassizzi Male.
1 Ancistrus Temminckii female/Bristlenose Plec.
2 Hemigrammus Bleheri/Rummynose Tetra.
1 Trichopsis Pumilus/Sparkling Gourami.
1 Aphyosemion Australe/Lyretail Killifish.
1 Crossocheilus Siamensis/Siamese Algae Eater.
A few assassin snails.
The SAE and Rummynose Tetra will be given to the LFS along with a ton of MTS that I pulled from the aquarium when I stripped it down to build this.
The Sparkling Gourami and the Lyretail Killisfish will end up in a palaudarium i'll hopefully be making a start on in the next few weeks.

Equipment:
All pond solutions 1000ef External Filter.
Old Jewel Heater I had lying around till I buy something better and smaller.
Beamswork 18" LED Canopy.
2 Cheap Clip on LED Lights for the riparium plants atm.
Old Caribsea White sand(with pieces of gravel and fluval stratum here and there that I could not for the life of me be bothered to remove but think gives it a more natural feel).
Driftwood pieces mounted to slate.
Shower caddies filled with hydro balls and weed barrier.

Things to do/things im not happy with:
I wanted the water level a little lower but the outflow pipe wouldn't allow it so will have to find some extra pieces so I can drop it further down.
Get the lighting suspended above the tank instead of resting on it.

Hope I haven't sent everyone to sleep. Will try get some better pictures when matchsticks aren't propping my eyelids up.

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Very clean look...well done

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what's a weed barrier?
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Thanks guys, hopefully it looks a bit better when when it grows in and finally drop the water level.

Weed barrier is the fabric you use in in gardening to cover ground and then add your top soil to prevent weeds from coming through. I had some left over from when I built a false floor for my vivarium. Just used it to prevent the hydroballs from falling through the gaps in the shower caddies.
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A few more pics. Excuse the camera phone quality, and the flash wouldn't turn off
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Looks great, m8! Think you'll ever change up some of those top planters? I think a little variety, maybe somethin w/ some darker colors would help to add some contrast!


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Thanks man. Yeah I just used what I had lying around right now. I have a nice big bunch of Spathiphyllum but with the water level being so high I thought i'd wait. If I had some floating rafts like what Hydrophyte sells, I have a very nice selection of different Pileas I could have used too. Just going to See how the Syngonium takes to the change, and hopefully trim it to keep it low and thick. Was thinking about picking up some Carex Brunnea for a light contrast too.
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Just thought i'd post how it looks from my bed late in the afternoon. Can't wait to get the light hung, the water dropped and better planting in the planters
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Just thought i'd post some pics of the next project, Project Palaudarium
That is one piece of driftwood in a 60x45x30 exo terra turtle tank. Will most likely be moving the corys, bristlenose and SAE into this tank. Kind of have an idea of where im going with this but if anyone has any great ideas that spring to mind i'd love to hear them
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A few more pics. Excuse the camera phone quality, and the flash wouldn't turn off
Awesome! What is the plant that is on top of the water? Is this a floating plant?
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Thank you Yeah it's Phyllanthus fluitans (red root floater) under good light and conditions it should turn a nice shade of red. Unfortunately my flow is a bit too strong for it in this tank so maybe moving it to the palaudarium when it's completed.
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Popped in the LFS for a quick peek and ended coming out with a banjo catfish. Poor thing was in a rough gravel tank and had some nose damage, hopefully it will heal up ok. Can't seem to say no to "individuals", especially since 2 of my pencilfish have their own slight disabilities, and a killifish who seems to think he is a rummynose most of the time. Thought the banjo would fit in perfect for the palaudarium i'll be setting up
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your 1st riparium

The vertical wood pieces you chose, and the nice open spacing thereof, combine to create the effect of a flooded forest. The diagonal planting of anubius also helps to break up the pattern nicely, which makes it more visually interesting. Good show!
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The vertical wood pieces you chose, and the nice open spacing thereof, combine to create the effect of a flooded forest. The diagonal planting of anubius also helps to break up the pattern nicely, which makes it more visually interesting. Good show!
Thanks man When I get round to it im thinking of adding one more under the furthest right anubias and maybe one on the tip of the driftwood piece to the left of the top left anubias, hmmmmmmmmmmmm....
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