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75 gal riparium display - new pics 7/02/09 (56K warning)

After moving all my plants/fish to my new 125 gal tank, I have an empty 75 gal tank. I have been debating how to use this empty tank or sell it. Well along came Hydrophyte with the riparium idea and I was hooked. I ordered the necessary items and have been tossing ideas around in my head. The first thing that came to mind is that a spraybar return will push the floating trellises around to much. So my plan is to include a waterfall from the filter return. Here's a quick drawing of my idea. The green ovals along the back are the hanging baskets for larger plants. The brown shapes are the floating trellises.

My next idea was to use some large pieces of wood to poke through the plants similar to what we do with aqua scaping. Then I thought, why not combine these two ideas?
I'll be using my XP2 for filtration. For the waterfall, I will bring the return over the back wall with PVC (painted black to match the background). From there it would exit into a tall deep bowl shape, probably just an extra large PVC cap. I figure if it's tall enough, the water will exit near the bottom and as it comes back up, it will spill over the edge like water out of a spring, and instant waterfall. I'll put a ball valve on the filter return so I can adjust the flow accordingly.

I'm planning on some crypts, ferns, moss, & anubias for the shadier areas in the water, maybe some dwarf hairgrass out in the open where it gets more light.
Plants already on the way for the riparium include Cyperus 'Nanus', Zephyranthes candida, Gymnocoronis sp., Acorus 'Ogon', Ruellia brittoninana 'Katie', Avicennia germinans, & Dichromena latifolia. I also want to try a few aquarium plants emmersed, Limnophila aromatica, Pogostemon erectum, and maybe Staurogyne. I may put a few stem plants in the water and just let them naturally grow above the surface like Lamiceae Sp. For lighting I will use my left over Catalina Solar T5HO.
I'll post some pics as this project progresses.

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I decided to scrap the waterfall idea for now. I needed more rocks than what I have on hand and the ride to get more is a PITA. That and I was over anxious to get this thing started. I decided instead to build a spray bar near the substrate in an attempt to keep the effect on the floating trellises minimal from the return flow.

I also had an extra surface skimmer laying around so I decided to put it to use on this build. I ran the pipe for the intake under the gravel.


Here I'm getting the cups ready for planting. The bottom layer is the clay substrate that came with the kit. You could use anything really for the filler, (inert gravel, Flourite). I decided to experiment with some left over AS.


Next, the planters are hung on the back wall. I have no idea right now how these plants will grow so I may rearrange them as they begin to show their potential. I still have a couple planters that I did not use to help fill in the right side. I also have several aquatic plants on the way that I plan on growing emmersed. I'm hoping to see some flowers.

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FTS - I'm not sure if I like these rocks for this scape. I have some rounded river stones that I may play with tomorrow.
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(Shameless plug for Riparium Supply) The packaging was very nice and each pack comes with instructions on the best way to use the material.
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Are you going to have aquatic plants in the water too? I'll be watching to see how it all comes out.

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Yes, I'm planning on planting the water portion also. I made a deal tonight to get all kinds of plants for the water portion. Since the water level is so low, I thought I would try some dwarf hairgrass in the front portion where the light will be intense. Once I get all the trellises in, it will get darker the farther back into the tank I try to plant. I'll keep this in mind with plant selection and will probably use crypts and ferns for the midground.
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What substrate are you utilizing in the bottom of the tank?
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I'm looking forward to seeing this one fill in!


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I'm looking forward to seeing this one fill in!
Thanks, me too! Most of the plants I'm using are new to me so there will be lots of learning along the way.
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I decided to scrap the waterfall idea for now. I needed more rocks than what I have on hand and the ride to get more is a PITA. That and I was over anxious to get this thing started. I decided instead to build a spray bar near the substrate in an attempt to keep the effect on the floating trellises minimal from the return flow.

I also had an extra surface skimmer laying around so I decided to put it to use on this build. I ran the pipe for the intake under the gravel.


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Next, the planters are hung on the back wall. I have no idea right now how these plants will grow so I may rearrange them as they begin to show their potential. I still have a couple planters that I did not use to help fill in the right side. I also have several aquatic plants on the way that I plan on growing emmersed. I'm hoping to see some flowers.

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FTS - I'm not sure if I like these rocks for this scape. I have some rounded river stones that I may play with tomorrow.
That does not look like OG Flourite?
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I hope I can remember to keep watching this develop. I have an empty 10 gallon tank my wife keeps asking what I'm going to do with - "not just leave it out on the deck, I hope". My gut feeling is that a Riparium would be even more maintenance work than a regular planted tank, but I should learn more about that by watching this one develop.

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I'm glad I can be everyone's guinea pig. I'm trying to follow a lot of the advice Hydrophyte has been giving me, but I also have some ideas that I would like to try with this setup. This is all new to me, so it will certainly be a learning experience. I welcome any and all comments about plant selection, plant placement, etc. Just about anything can be rearranged very simply using the material from Riparium Supply. Hopefully more plants will arrive this weekend so I can have time to play a little more before my summer session at UF starts.
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Most of the plants you mentioned are utterly unknown to me. Where did you order them from? Are there webstores for riparium plants like there are for traditional aquarium plants?

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Most of the plants you mentioned are utterly unknown to me. Where did you order them from? Are there webstores for riparium plants like there are for traditional aquarium plants?
Most plants that do well in this setting are pond plants or bog-type plants. I haven't found a one-stop shop for these plants yet. These first plants that I have are samples from Hydrophyte to get me started.
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What is the brown substrate in this picture?
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