here is my review I posted over at TPT http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...tml#post979122
Follow the link to see pics.
Yesterday the mailman brought me a gift from the gods!
My RipariumSupply.com order arrived(shipped Monday) packed well, and loaded with goodies. Having been trying out this whole Riparium addiction that Hydrophyte has perfected so well for about 3 weeks now, I decided it was time to start doing it right(and now I'm going to have to order MORE!).
Initially I tried out some DIY planter cup options, that while I still have a few running, they just don't work nearly as well as the RipariumSupply.com Planters. Hydrophyte's planters have strong suction cups, great appearance, and are the perfect size. The DIY options I have found are bulky and big and
impossible to make look good. They will be fazed out in a week or so.
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On with the full review!
From the Start, the RipariumSupply.com packaging is outstanding. Well packed, attractive packaging with detailed instructions included, it is obvious Hydrophyte and Riparium Supply take this seriously. The Small Hanging Planters are the PERFECT size for use in any tank. Honestly I will switch to them for all of my planters. It is easier to plant one plant per planter then try to juggle 2 or 3 plants in a bigger planter. Plus, being smaller with better suction cups, you don't have the problem of dumping planter substrate into the tank when they slide down like my DIY ones did(a lot!).
So, what did I get?
Standard Small Planters
1 Magnet Small Planter
Pack Nano Trellis
Pack Large Trellis(these are great to allow a place for plants to grow out onto)
1/2 lb of Planter Gravel
I've talked about the Small Planters, so here is the Magnetic Planter!
Outside of the magnets replacing suction cups, there is little difference in the cups. The magnets make it super easy to position and you really don't even need to get your hands wet to put them in. Just be careful when putting the magnets together! Put both magnets tot he glass, then slide together! They are STRONG!
Here is an example of the gorgeous packaging Hydrophyte is supplying us with.
Here is the nano raft
On the ends you can see the mushroom head fasteners used to fasten rafts together and to planter cups. This is great and they seem to stand up to the flow in my tank with a lot of surface movement(Low tech!). Plan out how you want them to fit in the tank first, as you might have to flip them over to get the angle you desire.
For when your plants get larger, RipariumSupply.com has included extra foam pieces like outriggers to add flotation to these rafts. (on the right).
Ever cup comes with mesh to prevent substrate from falling into the tank and a card to write the plant name on. (if only i knew the plant names!) They come with a bag of hydroton to give a base to the planter cups(I happen to have more around and use it as the primary planter substrate, but using just as the base plus plantar gravel works great too!(just look at hydrophyte's tanks!)) and the planter gravel supplied works fantastic. A little goes a LONG ways!
I took some tank shots with my DROID but they just don't do these products justice, so until I get better pics with my DSLR I don't want to spoil them. I am incredibly pleased with the whole experience. My wife was too(since there was a lot less f-bombs thrown out while putting together these than when I did the crappy diy option i made up).
If you have considered a Riparium, hit up Hydrophyte(a sponsor here, BTW) at ripariumsupply.com and get what you need. From service to product I am just amazed at the results. If you have questions about Ripariums shoot them an email through contact on the website or a PM here and you will likely get a speedy response(mine have always been within 12 hours).
Thanks again to RipariumSupply.com and Hydrophyte for helping me out. Can't wait to thin out my wallet some more!