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60cm Riparium

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by hydrophyte, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't know yet whether I will use underwater plants or not. I might just watch to see first how the algae will behave in this setup. I am not injecting CO2 and any underwater planting will be sparse, so if there is very much algae it just won't work.
     

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here's another view, from a different angle.

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    I'd love to hear opinions on the hardscape. What do you all think of the lace rock. I think that it has interesting shapes that fill the space well, but it looks a bit too much like saltwater to me.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is one additional shot.

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    I got the fish in there last night. I think that my selections go pretty well with the hardscape and plants. I hope to come back soon with a picture of them.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a quick shot from last night.

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    The planting hasn't changed much. I did add some greenery underwater and the emersed plants are looking perkier now.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a close up with the black phantom tetras. I like these little fish a lot and they are perfect for this tank.

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    My little Pilea nummularifolia plants are looking good. I have these stems planted on Nano Trellis Rafts.

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    This plant is really perfect for growing this way. It makes a nice and tidy foreground feature and it's an easy grower.

    This is another Pilea species (an unknown) but this shot shows how I have this plant planted. The roots just hang right in the water.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a quick full-tank shot.

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    I hung up a white sheet because that tan wall is not such a good background. I might need to paint this wall white.
     
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    nice update , keep up the good work :rock:
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks so much Jur4ik. Here is another quick foliage shot.

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    very nice, do you find you need to inject co2 to stave off algae or is it okay with the lower light?
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Garuf.

    No this tank will not need any extra CO2. I am lighting it up with just a single 24-watt T5 lamp, so algae will be minimal. That Hygrophila is an undemanding plant that grows just fine with low-tech conditions. The emersed plants of course get their carbon dioxide form the air.
     
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    it is a pity not every visitor is commenting, as you can see this topic has had about 1000 visitors now
     
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    Nice!

    How did it go for you with Lindernia rotundifolia "Variegated"?
     
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    Very nice and original for a planted tank :=D>
    You're giving me ideas...

    Keep updating ;)
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks again everyone.

    Leonard that Lindernia failed to take. Sometimes with certain plants it is tricky getting them to adapt to grow in the riparium planters. That was an attractive little plant, so I might try again someday.
     
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    It still hasn't grown in enough to do much for the scape, but the baby panda bamboo (Pogonatherum crinitum) has started to root in its planter and grow new leaves. I think that this will probably end up being a really great riparium plant. It will look so cool to have a little miniature bamboo stand growing up in the scape.

    When I made this plant purchase I actually got two different P. crinitum selections, the regular species, and a second with whitish-green leaf pinstriping, var. variegatum.

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    This variegated one is growing well too.
     
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    That one looks nice! :)
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    THanks Leonard. I really like this new plant a lot. It looks like a winner.
     
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    Here's a crop of that last shot of the baby panda bamboo (Pogonatherum crinitum) for a better view of the leaf variegation. It is quite attractive.

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    This plant is doing well--growing slow and steady. I only recently started trying it out in this tank, but it looks like it will be a winner.
     
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