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Where can I get riparium baskets?

Hi all,

I was wondering if you can purchase ready made riparium baskets? I am just starting down this road and thought it might be nice not to have to make them. I google'd it but only came up with one place and it didn't seem to be an active website.

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You could use plastic sponge caddies. I was thinking of using something like this though. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QRDCP2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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Shower caddies

A lot of people use shower caddies. There's a suction cup and holes already built in, comes in various sizes too, in clear plastic. And not being a specialty plant or aquarium item, it's more economical.

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You can't beat the shower caddies you get at the dollar store. Only annoyance is the quality of the suction cups. They really suck...
I small hooks with stiff electrical wire like the one used for household wiring. Keep the plastic insulator on.

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I got these are my local giant for $2 and $3 a piece, plastic with rubber suction cups, slits on the bottom to let water in/roots out



edit: A copy and pasted from another forum I posted in, sometimes suction cups give out so here's my solution for it. Old photos before filling in my ripariums more.

DIY Riparium Basket

Materials Used:
plastic shower basket with holes
'size' 12 coated copper wire-green
plastic window/door screen (optional)
clay media

Tools Used:
Needle Nose Pliers
wire cutters/clippers/dykes (old school name)
razor


Other Material and Tool Options:
Gardening Wire
crafting mesh (optional)
nylon stocking (optional)
gravel
lava rock
other sizes or colors for coated copper wire
zip ties


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Ripariums are a great way bring more color and beauty to a tank as well as take up nitrates, but without taking up too much space under water. Having the leaves directly exposed to air lets the plants get their co2 much quicker so they can grow faster which means absorbing nitrates from the water more rapidly (plus fish and shrimp love the under water roots).
Some people spend over $20 for riparium specific baskets with suction cups, mesh, and media. I decided to save more $ and use left over window/door screen (optional depending on media used), expanded clay pebble media (used commonly for aquaponic style gardening), and show baskets. Make sure the baskets are plastic and not painted (could chip off), and have holes/slits to let water in and roots grow out. You can skip the use of wire and just try the suction cups but the ones I got have issue staging in place and tend to sink below the water line. So I'll be using coated wire to keep them permanently in place! If you also use this DO NOT leave the exposed end of the copper in the water-it is not safe. I cut a length of wire and put it through the suction cup holes and against the tank to mold around the trim so it stays in place (if you have a rimless tank I'd not recommend doing this as the tension may damage the glass, use pliers instead to shape the wire). I used pliers to wrap the wire around itself on the back so it would not hand down past the black tank trim and be visible (alternatively you can just cut the wire).
Because I'm using a larger clay media (only because I have a large bag leftover from an aquaponics setup-the white chalky-ness on the above photo if from dried calcium deposits from the tap) I don't really need the mesh for these baskets, but if you use smaller gravel or have a basket with larger holes you may need it. I just cut it to fit in the basket and cover the holes then fill with media. If you also use clay media I'd recommended soaking it for a day beforehand as it tends to float the first time it gets wet but once it absorbs enough water it will sink. You can also use tank gravel or pea gravel for your media, or even broken up lava rock.

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I have a couple of really big corner caddies on my 180G. Probably made for showers in Buckingham Palace. I made the mistake of using gravel instead of expanded clay balls when I set them up (don't know what the heck I was thinking). I ended up using spring clamps. I found some on Amazon that are all plastic except for the spring itself and dirt cheap. Once the plants grew in, the clamps disappeared in the jungle and the caddies haven't budged in almost 3 years now. The wire is obviously the better choice for smaller caddies.

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I have a couple of really big corner caddies on my 180G. Probably made for showers in Buckingham Palace. I made the mistake of using gravel instead of expanded clay balls when I set them up (don't know what the heck I was thinking). I ended up using spring clamps. I found some on Amazon that are all plastic except for the spring itself and dirt cheap. Once the plants grew in, the clamps disappeared in the jungle and the caddies haven't budged in almost 3 years now. The wire is obviously the better choice for smaller caddies.
I don't see a journal for your 180 in the journal section, got any pics?

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I don't see a journal for your 180 in the journal section, got any pics?
This is the best I can do at the moment:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...569&highlight=

With just about 1,000 gallons running and the greenhouse project at a critical stage, taking and posting pictures is just a luxury right now and a journal is but a dream.

The 180G is a peninsula, so the caddies aren't even visible in that pic as they are 6 feet away in the upper corner behind the rotala forest.

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This is the best I can do at the moment:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...569&highlight=

With just about 1,000 gallons running and the greenhouse project at a critical stage, taking and posting pictures is just a luxury right now and a journal is but a dream.

The 180G is a peninsula, so the caddies aren't even visible in that pic as they are 6 feet away in the upper corner behind the rotala forest.
Yeah but pictures would more than likely increase your Return On Investment. Your wife would really see it as an investment then

I think I have seen those big corner caddies in store. They must be like a gallon.


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My wife barely even notices it all anymore. Works better that way. If I start taking a boatload of pictures they'd just become "admissible evidence".

A gallon would be my guess too. If the plants in there weren't so thick, I'd take it down and use the clay balls, but for now what I can't see won't hurt in this case. I was just up in there last night trimming the rotala in the back (left side really) and you can't see the clamps at all.

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