Persistent Myths about Planted Ripariums
This thread is for the discussion of several ideas about planted ripariums that aren't really representative of how they work or the best ways to plan, assemble and maintain them. I plan to raise a nuber of points and then update this first post with an index of each. Please post here if you have any questions or additional observations.
This list summarizes the main components of riparium setups and how they are put together:
- Taller emergent semi-aquatic plants are plented in riparium Hanging Planters, which are hung close together on the rear pane of aquarium glass.
- Shorter riparium midground plants are plant are planted onto riparium Trellis Rafts, which are snapped into place on the Hanging Planters
- As the riparium plants grow their foliage covers up the foam and plastic planters to create a natural scene.
- Aquarium fish with underwater plants and/or underwater hardscape complete the display for an authentic recreation of the vegetated shoreline environment.
That is beasically it. A really important idea to keep in mind about planted ripariums is that they are very simple systems
. I have seen several cases where hobbyists had troubel growing their plants or making their setups look good because they were adding extra, unnecessary steps and components.
Here's the beginning of the index: