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New Riparium Setup in 50-gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by hydrophyte, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I finally got around to re-painting the wall with a better background color. Here is a quick shot from tonight after the paint job.

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    I will set up for a good full-tank shot tomorrow night.
     

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  2. tirtha1979

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    Awesome setup. Simply loved it. Neat but elegant.

    One question. How do you manage to keep the plants moist all the time? Are you useing any automatic sprinkler?
     
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    There you are. Given time for plants to mature makes a huge difference. Thanks for showing us your photos^:)^
     
  4. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks very much. I just shot a bunch of new pictures and I hope to get a good new full-tank shot.

    Tirtha, These plants are all adapted to grow well in moderate humidities, so I do not do anything special to keep them moist. They are fine just in the open air of the room where I have the tank.
     
  5. tirtha1979

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    You are lucky to get enough humid in air. The place I stay, it's so dry that no aquatic plants even it is emersed grown, will not survive. :(
     
  6. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Now I think I have gotten a picture from every angle angle possible. Here's another view.

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    And here is detail cropped from that image.

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    HI ,
    YOUR TANK BECOMES INCREASINGLY more beautiful.
    PARAMETERS OF WATER THAT YOU?
     
  8. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you elmagico82. I will try to remember to list params in another post. In general, this tank has hard water and high pH.

    I'm trying to wade through these new image files. Here is a quick in situ shot.

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    I'll have more pictures pretty soon. I also got some video.
     
  9. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I have just a couple of new pictures.

    I got a close-up of the newest leaf on the Cyrtosperma johnstonii, which is really stunning.

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    That gold and pink coloration around the leaf tip is new. The older leaves just had the green leaf color with red veins.

    Here is a side view.

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    I like the look of the tank from this angle. The Limnophila and Bacopa/I] have grown in so densely that they have covered up the rafts and planter cups really well.
     
  10. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I tore down this layout a couple of nights ago. I tried to get as many pictures as I could before taking it apart. The plants were pretty much at their peak. Here is the first of those pictures that I formatted and uploaded.

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  11. Jurijs mit JS

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    the whole tank or only the emersed part?
    please keep us update how the story goes on :)
     
  12. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh just the emersed plants. The fish, rocks and everything else is still in there.

    With some trimming I could have kept this scape going longer, but I wanted to use the plants for propagation, and I also wanted to try some new plants that I acquired. I have some pretty fun new plant selections here to use.
     
  13. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I am still processing these latest and last pictures of this layout. There are many of them. Here is another.

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    I liked alot!!!
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you both very much. I might have another shot to post tonight.
     
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    that 50 gal rip that you have. did it at one time have a top black rim? how long has it been off? did you have any trouble? leaks? crack? on possible previous attempts if so.

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    I wish you took the filter of for the pics. The plants are mindblowing good.
     
  19. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey thanks very much. Yes I suppose I could have removed the filter for that shot, but I don't mind a little bit of equipment in view. This tank is the standard Aqueon 50-gallon with top rim removed. I have had no trouble with leaks at all, however, I have it filled to only 2/3 full so that there is that much less pressure on the seams.
     
  20. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Now I'm using this setup as an unofficial riparium plant propagation tank. There are plants hung on all four panes of glass and it is kind of a mess. It's not much of an aquarium display at the moment, but looks kind of cool from above.

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