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View Poll Results: Do You Have a Planted Riparium?
Yes, I have a riparium and love it! 6 18.75%
Yes, I have a riparium but not sure if I will keep it. 1 3.13%
No, I do not have a riparium but am interested in them. 18 56.25%
No, I do not have a riparium and am not interested in them. 7 21.88%
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hoppy had a thread on this a good while back, and I just wanted to see how much (or if) things had changed.



If you do have a riparium, please post a video or photo of it! Thanks for voting and sharing!

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Have one, Love it and think everyone needs one! So far its ultra low maintenance which is a beautiful thing!


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I've always wanted one when I first saw Hydrophyte's (spelling?) 1/2 full tanks. Then I ever so wanted it more when I came across Duff's thread a few months back.

So my list is:
- Bowl nano like Newman's
- Riparium (nano?) like Duff's

The only thing holding me back is space, money, time, fruit flies/other bugs, and fear that it might smell rancid after a few months. Oh and also evaporation; no point in a riparium if you have a glass lid over it IMO.

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I've always wanted one when I first saw Hydrophyte's (spelling?) 1/2 full tanks. Then I ever so wanted it more when I came across Duff's thread a few months back.

So my list is:
- Bowl nano like Newman's
- Riparium (nano?) like Duff's

The only thing holding me back is space, money, time, fruit flies/other bugs, and fear that it might smell rancid after a few months. Oh and also evaporation; no point in a riparium if you have a glass lid over it IMO.
Bugs and other critters shouldn't be a problem. It hasn't been for me, and I have my riparium right next to a door that leads outside (which is open for many days during the summer). I also have only had one problem with smell, and that was because of my rotting driftwood. Not the plants. Evaporation wise, that is a problem. In my 20 gallon high, I had to top off about twice a week. It wasn't that bad, just had to keep a bucket filled with dechlorinated water on hand.

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My house is filled with planted ripariums. I can't turn around without tripping over a planted riparium.
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I can only imagine Hydrophyte! That reminds me, we need to meet up some time. It is weird to think that we only live 2.5 hours away from each other yet have never actually gotten together.

Here is a picture of my 40 gallon breeder nicknamed "Riocuario." Two more days before the AGA releases the winners! Fingers crossed that this setup did okay!


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Just a quick bump here. I have a couple articles coming out soon over at The Jake-arium (see my signature) about setting up a planted riparium. Hope you guys like them!

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Oh, and if you guys have any questions, seriously, I don't mind answering them! So please ask!

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sorry but what means Riparium? an can i keep fish on it?
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lol sorry i didnt notice the fish in the pic hehe
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You can definitely keep fish in it! Here is a quick explamation of what a riparium is:

A riparium is a type of planted aquarium display that has emersed growth, supported by a combination of planters and rafts. These planters and rafts are configured in a way to allow the roots of an emersed plants to make contact with the water in the aquarium. As the emersed plants grow, they absorb many nutrients from the aquarium water (such as ammonia and nitrites) thereby increasing the water quality of the aquarium. The emersed riparium plants cannot be just any plant, as they must have the ability to tolerate a lack of oxygen around their root systems (as the roots are under water). Such plants include a emersed aquatic plants, bog plants and certain house plants. As they grow, the plants cover up the planters and rafts creating a beautiful naturalistic display.


I hope that explains it to you!

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oh that is nice i just see the video you post too, it looks great, when this started?, i think that i can get some of those plants, they have a familiar looking, maybe my grandmother have some of these plants.... but im not sure if i can use those plants
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oh that is nice i just see the video you post too, it looks great, when this started?, i think that i can get some of those plants, they have a familiar looking, maybe my grandmother have some of these plants.... but im not sure if i can use those plants
It started less than a year ago I believe. Probably late spring/early summer of '10. It has a bunch of remodels done to it however.

If you aren't sure if a plant will work in a riparium, post a picture! I bet there is someone on here who can I.D. it for you and give you some basic information about it.

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what is the difference between a riparium and a paludarium ?

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what is the difference between a riparium and a paludarium ?
A riparium utilizes planters and rafts, and is a hybrid type of aquarium. A paludarium is more of a terrarium with a water feature, and actually has a land mass.

There are a couple more distinctions, but that is the main jist of the idea. Good question.

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