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Discus biotope with riparian addition

Hey all,
Just thought I'd share my little project. I had a discus biotope tank running for a while with no plants. I then decided I'd like the benefits of plants without diminishing the authentic feel of the tank so I came up with this idea to support emergent plant growth. I didn't want to just have planter cups sitting on the back walks of my tank so I tried to sort of hide them with this undercut shoreline look. It's not a very big tank but the lighting effect created by the platform adds a bit of visual depth making the tank seem bigger than it is.

I simply used a piece of acrylic as the playform cut to fit the rim of my 54 gallon corner and drilled holes in it to hold plastic cups that I used as planters. Made somewhat of a rain system with PVC pipe with an attached Powerhead sitting in my corner overflow. Covered the platform with sphagnum and sheet moss.

The plants seem to be doing really well. Getting some cool submergent root growth as well. Not using CO2 or any ferts.

Plants:
pothos vine
Brazilian sword
Bella Palm
Brazilian pennywort

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Here's a view of the submergent and root growth:

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This is a video of the tank from a few months ago. Not much submergent growth then:

http://youtu.be/eX5ycx_Dhq4

Here's a video of me giving a bit more of a detailed description of the planted addition:

http://youtu.be/O3do3WeM52g

I'd appreciate any feedback!

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Very lovely set up! What is your room humidity and temperature? How long has it been setup? Whats your light? My pennywort withers above water (when it creeps through the hood) from the dry air here.

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That is awesome! When my wife and I end up moving into a new house (several years out) I'm more than likely upgrading my 55 to a 120. I've been thinking long and hard about a black water biotope. And yours is a great example!
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WOW that's the best looking tank I've ever seen! I watched your videos and I've got to say you've got a nice peace of nature there.
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looks awesome! i Have always loved the look of wild discus!
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Oh man now we are talking :-) I only watched the second video for now. I guess a corner aquarium is the best for this kind of setup.

Do you keep the raining device on all the time?
do you have a high evaporation rate?

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Very lovely set up! What is your room humidity and temperature? How long has it been setup? Whats your light? My pennywort withers above water (when it creeps through the hood) from the dry air here.
Thanks! I actually don't monitor my room humidity so I have no clue lol. The planted part has been set up since maybe the end of April or so. Lighting is an old coralife compact fluorescent (2x 65w 6500k) metal halide (150w 10000k) combo. I'm definitely not doing anything special with the pennywort. It is pretty well rooted in the sphagum moss which is constantly moist so I assume that's gotta help.

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That is awesome! When my wife and I end up moving into a new house (several years out) I'm more than likely upgrading my 55 to a 120. I've been thinking long and hard about a black water biotope. And yours is a great example!
Thanks a lot! Go 120! Lol. Blackwater themed tanks are my favorite especially with the wild discus. Another plus is that the darker tank allows you to better hide your equipment make it feel even more authentic.

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WOW that's the best looking tank I've ever seen! I watched your videos and I've got to say you've got a nice peace of nature there.
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looks awesome! i Have always loved the look of wild discus!
Absolutely! Mother Nature is a much better fish designer than we are lol.
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Just out of curiosity if I wanted to start supplementing my plants what and how would you guys suggest? This is my first foray into emersed plant growth so I don't know if I should go about that differently.
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im pretty sure u can just use regular fertz for your tank your riparium plants will just soak up the nutrients anyways
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im pretty sure u can just use regular fertz for your tank your riparium plants will just soak up the nutrients anyways
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I use Seacehm: Flourish, potassium, phosphorus, and iron, dosed into my ripariums (no excel since above water plants don't need it). They're going great! My flowering plants never stop spitting out new blooms!

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I use Seacehm: Flourish, potassium, phosphorus, and iron, dosed into my ripariums (no excel since above water plants don't need it). They're going great! My flowering plants never stop spitting out new blooms!
sweet thanks ill give it a shot
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fantastic setup! Cant watch the vids right now; but I'm a huge fan of discus! cant wait to watch it later.
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