Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Central California
Riparium(ish) plan: Am I headed for disaster?
Hi everyone. I've been lurking on this forum for a long time - well over a year! - but this is my first time posting.
I've been doing a lot of research for my second planted tank, which I'd like to make as a shallow, riparium-type setup. I have a 25 gal with canister filter (thanks to a great Craigslist deal), and it will be covered by a glass lid with T5HOs over it.
Now every riparium I have seen is set up in a similar way - emersed plants growing from baskets/rafts hung on the back of the tank. Is there a reason why one couldn't just plant them directly into the substrate at the bottom of the tank, and have them growing up out of the water?
This may be a silly question, but I've searched all over this forum and others and come up with nothing. I have the suspicion that there's probably a very good reason why no one does this though! I know that excessive water in emersed 'growout' setups can lead to mold... is that the issue here too? Or is it something else?