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Interesting Riparium floater

I saw this at my local zoo in the insect house and thought it was interesting. I might do this myself but I'll have to hollow out a piece of driftwood.




notice the icky water bug.


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You could do this with cork bark, which is so buoyant it could support a pretty big plant. But, It would reduce the room for other plants too. The advantage of the foam planting rafts from Riparium Supply is how well they fit in with the whole scheme for keeping plants above the water.

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Oh, good call. That is cork bark in the pictures. I'll look around for cheap cork bark.
If you're looking to have something natural looking and not to have too much floating plants, I'd go with this.

I might put in some suction cups so it stays put.


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I have never found cork bark to be cheap. But, it is a nice thing to have around when doing a planted tank.

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I got a couple of large cork bark. It looks promising.
Do you guys know what fern that is?


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It looks like java fern 'needle leaf' to me.

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idk but I have plenty of non-sinking "driftwood" around here that stuff's easy to find & waay cheaper than cork-bark. It does look cool though...
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i got a cork bark guy that i use for my enclosures, hit me up if you need something specific
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idk but I have plenty of non-sinking "driftwood" around here that stuff's easy to find & waay cheaper than cork-bark. It does look cool though...
the 'driftwood' will eventually sink especially with stuff on it.
I'm debating if I should put some schultz aquasoil in the bark for the plants or just holes in the bark to put the plants in.

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i got a cork bark guy that i use for my enclosures, hit me up if you need something specific
I got mine off ebay. $6 for a 10" section (not too bad). They're from larger trunks so it's not as nice looking as the one in the zoo.

I also boiled them in the oven just in case of parasites tagging along. It got rid of some tannins too.


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nice, pretty good price too
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I have it up and running. I placed some water loving terrestrials in and a few marginal bulbs and some aquatics. Lets see how they fill in.



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looks good


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That really looks good! One more idea for a different riparium.

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That is sweet!

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Neat idea, I really like it.
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