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.