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changing my son's tank over to riparium. so today i took my drill, chair and screws and went at it! i used an ikea 5 dollar clothing rack to hang the light fixture... i just drilled holes in the top of the existing lamp and used S-hooks. i plan to steal my other light off my tank i'm selling and using two... trying to keep this low budget since i'm broke. but hey! it looks slightly straight hanging there right??? i'll post more photos this weekend.

 

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Hi there!

Well, for my taste this isn't a riparium, rather it looks like an aquarium with plants above the water surface. And the photo is too dark, you can hardly see what is in the tank. Don't you have a brighter, better photo?
 

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Hi there!

Well, for my taste this isn't a riparium, rather it looks like an aquarium with plants above the water surface. And the photo is too dark, you can hardly see what is in the tank. Don't you have a brighter, better photo?
A riparium is an aquarium setup with above water plants rooted in the water (open water and/or submerged gravel) that emulates the riparian vegetation that grows along the edges of lakes and streams, so he has a good start with this setup.

If the setup has a built up land area with plants, then it is not a riparium, it's a paludarium.

If you go out shopping for plants some more you should see if you can find a small Spathiphyllum peace lily. Peace lily grows really well in ripariums and it is easy to find for sale as a houseplant.
 

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A riparium is an aquarium setup with above water plants rooted in the water (open water and/or submerged gravel) that emulates the riparian vegetation that grows along the edges of lakes and streams, so he has a good start with this setup.

If the setup has a built up land area with plants, then it is not a riparium, it's a paludarium.

If you go out shopping for plants some more you should see if you can find a small Spathiphyllum peace lily. Peace lily grows really well in ripariums and it is easy to find for sale as a houseplant.
actually the huge plant next to my tank is a peace lily... but i didn't want to break it up and accidentally kill it..
 

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Hi there!

Well, for my taste this isn't a riparium, rather it looks like an aquarium with plants above the water surface. And the photo is too dark, you can hardly see what is in the tank. Don't you have a brighter, better photo?
not sure what you think a riparium is, read what hydrophyte said...

either way yes i have more photos:


 

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A riparium is an aquarium setup with above water plants rooted in the water (open water and/or submerged gravel) that emulates the riparian vegetation that grows along the edges of lakes and streams, so he has a good start with this setup.

If the setup has a built up land area with plants, then it is not a riparium, it's a paludarium.

If you go out shopping for plants some more you should see if you can find a small Spathiphyllum peace lily. Peace lily grows really well in ripariums and it is easy to find for sale as a houseplant.
also i'm a girl :wink:
 

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actually the huge plant next to my tank is a peace lily... but i didn't want to break it up and accidentally kill it..
LOL. I just noticed that. If it has a smaller side shoot you could dig it out with some roots and plant it in the tank. Don't worry. Taking a little bit off one side won't kill a peace lily.

If you go looking around for other plants I would recommend maybe replacing the spider plant. Spider plant isn't really a water plant. There are other choices that will grow better and "look right".

What is that tallest plant? It looks like an iris or something like that.
 

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LOL. I just noticed that. If it has a smaller side shoot you could dig it out with some roots and plant it in the tank. Don't worry. Taking a little bit off one side won't kill a peace lily.

If you go looking around for other plants I would recommend maybe replacing the spider plant. Spider plant isn't really a water plant. There are other choices that will grow better and "look right".

What is that tallest plant? It looks like an iris or something like that.
i figured i will purchase some bog plants come june when my lfs starts selling their stock. i will try breaking the lily. i like the look of the spider plants, but they won't do well? i'll just leave them for now, haha. i'm low on cash this month anyways.

the tall plant is a yellow iris. think that will be okay in there? if anything my parents have a pond i can put it in.. do you have a thread about plants that work best in ripariums?
 

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i figured i will purchase some bog plants come june when my lfs starts selling their stock. i will try breaking the lily. i like the look of the spider plants, but they won't do well? i'll just leave them for now, haha. i'm low on cash this month anyways.

the tall plant is a yellow iris. think that will be okay in there? if anything my parents have a pond i can put it in.. do you have a thread about plants that work best in ripariums?
The spider plants (and other wet root plants) will do well if you keep an airstone strip underneath them. Mine flower every month and have mutant leaves!
 

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An Iris has a Rizome but it can take being under water up to a point or under so many
inches of water. I'd look it up(Google) to get the exact amount...long time since I
dealt/w them. Typically they live at the edge of an aria which floods when it rains
like a river or swamp.
Don't know which they are but certain plants do well if in a HOB filter with the top out of the filter.
 

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An Iris has a Rizome but it can take being under water up to a point or under so many
inches of water. I'd look it up(Google) to get the exact amount...long time since I
dealt/w them. Typically they live at the edge of an aria which floods when it rains
like a river or swamp.
Don't know which they are but certain plants do well if in a HOB filter with the top out of the filter.
oh well its not completely covered in water, the rizome is out a bit! i just used cheap dollar store toothbrush/soap holders, so i can move them, but they aren't all completely submerged.
 

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Spider plant can grow OK in the water if the roots are suspended right in the open water and not in gravel.

Here is a quick list with some real good riparium plants that are pretty easy to find and easy to grow. These are all true semi-aquatic plants, so they adapt well and they make a nice, pretty authentic representation.

  • Spathiphyllum Peace Lily - many commercial varieties; look for smaller plants
  • Echindorus cordifolius - aquarium plant; emersed form foliage
  • E. cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen' - aquarium plant; emersed form foliage
  • Hygrophila various different ones - aquarium plant; emersed form foliage
  • Bacopa monnieri - aquarium plant; emersed form foliage
  • Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis
  • Cyperus 'Baby Tut'
  • Chamaedorea cataractarum Cat Palm
  • Ruellia brittoniana Bluebell
  • R. brittoniana 'Katie' Dwarf Bluebell
  • Asclepias curassavica Mexican Milkweed
  • Zephyranthes Rain Lily
  • Hymenocallis Spider Lily
  • Pilea Aluminum Plant - trellis raft
  • Alternanthera Joseph's Coat - trellis raft
  • Oplismenus Basket Grass - trellis raft
 

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This is filling in very nicely! It'll look great once the underwater growth catches up and fills in. :)

Sorry if I missed this, but what silver fish is that in the nice tight school?
 

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This is filling in very nicely! It'll look great once the underwater growth catches up and fills in. :)

Sorry if I missed this, but what silver fish is that in the nice tight school?
i didn't add that part lol. i have to add a fauna list. but they are emerald eye rasboras, with a few esbai's with them. they school so nicely and almost never stray apart. better than neon tetras! their eyes glow. my favorite nano fish.
 
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