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Old 05-29-2009, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm working on another new riparium. This one is going into a 20 Gallon High (24" wide X 12" deep X 16" tall).



This is the the smallest size that i have successfully used for ripariums: it is difficult to hide the planting hardware in a smaller tank. The height of this tank is just enough to accommodate short/medium statured plants.

I am not a big fan of blue backgrounds for aquariums, but wish to try one for this display.



This paint should dry to a somewhat darker, more subdued color.

I don't have any single prevailing theme in mind for planting this one. In the emersed area I intend to use a few hardy low/moderate light plants, such as Cryptocoryne. In order to accommodate the humidity requirements of the crypts, the tank will be mostly covered with a glass canopy. I will also use just a couple-three crypts in the underwater portion.

Here is the empty tank with background.



I used the golden ratio as a guide for determining depth of water. This consistently produces a pleasing result. To find the dividing line that would separate the underwater and above water portions I first measured between the bottom of the top plastic frame and the top of the bottom plastic frame, finding a distance of 14.4". By multiplying this value by .6, (rounded down from the golden ratio conjugate, .618033...) I determined that the above water area would be 8.64" tall. So, the water should fill the bottom 5.75" of the tank.



Here is the tank with a quick hardscape. I have found that it is easy to situate rounded river rocks in a nice arrangement. I also used the golden section for the hardscape, placing the largest rock approximately along this line.



The sand substrate is also an inexpensive, easy to work with material--white pool filter sand. It is important to use light-colored substrates in planted ripariums. The emersed plants can begin to throw a lot of shade as they grow and darken the underwater area. Light colors reflect light and brighten the underwater area.



Lastly, a layer of light-colored, rounded pebbles tops the sand. These little stones help to blend the larger rocks and sand layer.



I will add live plants soon.
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???wuts a riparium? the only other thing ive heard near that word is terrarium..
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check those links in my sig there is some information there.

other similar types of setups are paludariums and vivariums. the main difference between ripariums and these other kinds is that ripariums don't have any built-up land area--the plants are just supported with floating and hanging planters.
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lol whoa, thats cool, cant wait to see how ur comes out. What plants are ya gonna put in?
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I just set the tank up with most of the plants and took a bunch of pictures as I worked. Here is one of the final shots.



I need to add more midground plants--you can stull see some of the hardware here.

I'll post more soon with details about planting.
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Here are the plants that i have in there so far, from left:
  • creeping jenny (Lysimacchia nummularia)
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Bronze'
  • peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • creeping jenny (a second pot)
  • chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon')
  • mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus)

I have several more to add.
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this intrigues me, i'll be checking out the links your sig for more information!
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this intrigues me, i'll be checking out the links your sig for more information!
Well just let me know if you have any particular questions. I have quite a bit of information up and I can suggest specific links.

I am going to work on this some more tonight, but I post a larger picture from my latest result.



Like I said before, it still needs more plants.

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I finished up the planting tonight, adding a couple more plants in Hanging Planters and several more Trellis Rafts. I also planted a few sparse underwater plants.



If you look closely you can see some of the planting hardware, but this will become obscured as everything grows in.
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Looking great. I really like those hanging planters, they really clear up some realestate for water/fauna.
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