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Hi gang ...
beautiful work on so many of the projects that i've come across here!!

I wanted to ask if someone may be able to point me in the right direction by linking me to a thread perhaps OR posting here so that i may learn a little more about the differences between a Riparium/ a Terrarium/ a Vivarium.

I recently acquired a free 10 gallon and am very interested in doing something a little different with it please.
thanks all!

side note:
while i am very interested in knowing the differences between a Riparium/ a Terrarium/ a Vivarium i will say that what i am envisioning in my head is something where the tank would be filled half way with maybe a crab, a dwarf crawfish, and some nano size fish like amandas, male endlers maybe, or other similar in size and plants growing up and out of and over the surface.
BUT with that said i have NOT totally ruled out the idea of doing something that would be just plants and creative scaping as ive seen many of you do. i guess i just need to learn a little more about the variations and options before hand of course.
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Good question(s)!
Now, these are my definitions, but they will for sure vary depending who you ask.

Aquarium: 100% aquatic, no room for terrestrial species.
Riparium: 75% water, waters edge habitat with emergent plants. No terrestrial species.
Paludarium: 50/50 land/water, emulates a marshy habitat. Semi-aquatic species do best.
Vivarium: 75% land. Basically a wet terrarium. No room for aquatics
Terrarium: 100% land terrestrial only

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hi Tiptop!! thank for chiming in!! ...
i think the Riparium and Paludariums you described appeal to me the most cause i can still keep some critters... But can you please clarify ..

-when you say "waters edge habitat with emergent plants" - are you referring to the animals or plant type??

-when you say "Semi-aquatic species do best" - are you referring to the animals or plant type?
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Sure!
For Ripariums, think of them like a riverbank. Plants growing out of the water, with just enough land for the plants, not really enough room for animals that need land. Basically, you could only have fully aquatic animals in this kind of -arium.

Here's an example pic of my 40gal riparium:


For semi-aquatic species, I'm referring to animals that need both a water area and a land area. A good example are crabs, they need a water space to wet their gills, but they will crawl around on land.

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Typically a Paludarium has actual land, whereas a Riparium has emergent growth starting from planters but no actual dry area.


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thank you for clarifying guys!

what materials can we use to make these areas of land and "shelf bowls"?
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I have both made my own and bought riparium planters from Riparium Supply. Fantastic product and well worth the money.

I made my own by using plastic flats that plants are shipped to hardware stores with. Just ask and they'll give them to you for free!
Like these:


Then I installed them into the tank using GreatStuff expanding foam.


I washed the planters prior to putting them in the tank to get rid of any lingering chemicals. The large driftwood mostly hides them, as you can see in a previous picture. For size, I'd say it creates a space of 3" deep, 2" front to back, and 24" long. Substrate is a mix of Fluorite, sand, clay and coconut coir.

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Sure!
For Ripariums, think of them like a riverbank. Plants growing out of the water, with just enough land for the plants, not really enough room for animals that need land. Basically, you could only have fully aquatic animals in this kind of -arium.

Here's an example pic of my 40gal riparium:


For semi-aquatic species, I'm referring to animals that need both a water area and a land area. A good example are crabs, they need a water space to wet their gills, but they will crawl around on land.
Slight thread tangent (sorry) whats the large plant on the far right in your photo?

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Slight thread tangent (sorry) whats the large plant on the far right in your photo?
It's an Acrostichum leather fern. Awesome water loving ferns. Not sure on the species of mine, but it's at the largest it's ever been in the year or two I've had it. Would love to track down another one...

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If you want to see some good examples of different vivariums and paludariums, check out: http://www.dendroboard.com


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It's an Acrostichum leather fern. Awesome water loving ferns. Not sure on the species of mine, but it's at the largest it's ever been in the year or two I've had it. Would love to track down another one...
If it ever getts to big or makes runners or plantlets (do terestial ferns repoduce the same way java fern does? never kept an above water species) I'd be happy to buy some off you ^^

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I'll let you know! I got mine from hydrophyte on here.

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