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New Riparium Setup in 50-gallon Tank

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

  1. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks juri!
     
  3. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is a quick picture update. I removed all of the underwater plants and added some big limestone boulders. I realize that I need to work on scaping the stones some more, but I wanted to get them in there for an idea.

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    I also switched the riparium plants around some. I am going to shoot for a background filled mainly with those Spathiphyllum, and with that Colocasia fallax as a centerpiece. I do not plan to add any underwater plants, but instead work on a more engaging fish display. I want ot remove the Poecilia chica mollies and add another livebearer in a good-sized group along with some kind of cichlid.
     
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    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    really great set up and environment that you have. I'm jealous!!
     
  5. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    i recently added peace lillies to my low tech using some planters I made. I suspended my light. The cord on the back pulls at it and prevents it from staying level. How do you deal with this when suspending your light? Yours is nice and level. I want mine nice and level.
     
  7. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    If you look over on the left of that picture you can see that I rigged up a cord holder with a suction cup, a hair band and a short section of vinyl hose. That holds the whole fixture steady for me.
     
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    eureka! simple...and dare I say, elegant solution? I will rig something up this evening.
     
  9. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah it was a pretty simple fix you should be able to figure out something.

    Well now I have a lead on a couple of different Limia that I hope to get in trade for some fish that I have. I might use some in this tank and/or the 40 brackish that I am also working on.

    These Limia are really cool little fish. Here are some of the species that I might be able to trade for...

    • L. tridens
    • L. vittata
    • L. sulphurophila
    • L. melanonotata
    • L. melanogaster
    It's been a long time since I have gotten any new fish. This will be fun.
     
  10. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is another new scape...

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a quick photo update from last night for the 120 riparium setup with Mexican livebearers. I replanted the whole thing and it is still growing in. It will be a little while before the plants get to be nice and full.

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    I also changed the fish stocking a little while ago. I replaced the Xenoataenia resolane that were in there with another goodeid, Ilyodon furcidens. The I. furcidens are a better aquarium fish. They are nice and robust and never stop swimming; the X. resolanae hid much of the time. I'll try to get a fish close up or two the next time that I am over there so you can see.
     
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    Where do you get your round river stones? I need a variety of different sizes for my 100g.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I got the big split ones from a black & stone yard here in Madison. The smaller ones I got from the Chippewa River.
     
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    The Limia melanogaster and the Thorichthys elliotii arrived today in the post with 100% survival. I scooped the Poecilia chica out of the tank and introduced the new fish and they look great!

    The Thoricthys have some growing up to do. They are only ~1" long or so.

    I will try to get pictures tonight.
     
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    Here is a quick picture with the T. elliotii and L. melanogaster. They are real nice little fish.

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    There are still a few mollies that I need to catch and get out of there and the T. elliotii need to get bigger. I will keep feeding well so they can grow.
     
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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey I have here what looks like a fun new plant to use as background in this tank tank. I will try to pot some up in riparium planters soon and post more pictures with details.

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    Shoot I haven't been back to this thread in a while, but now I have some new fish pictures for this setup.

    This is one of the seven Synodontis lucipinnis that I have had in here all along.

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    This species is definitely one of my favorite aquarium fishes.

    And here are some of the Limia vittata. A lot of wild type livebearers are more like collector fish, but this one is also a great display fish. They look great all the time and I love those splotchy markings on the sides.

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    I haven't been back into this thread in a little while.

    I wanted to mention that there has been another new article about ripariums published. This one appeared about a week ago in The Aquatic Gazette

    Aquascape | Riparium Style
    Isaac Evan Tan June 2011

    Check it!

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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey I got a new YouTube video put together here is the link...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8TnMj_E5A"]YouTube: An Introduction to Planted Ripariums - Riparium SupplyTM[/ame]




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    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh I haven't been back to this thread in a little while.

    Hey I got a fun plant blooming, this Berkeria spectabilis.

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    I did not grow this plant in here, but I found it a convenient place to hang it up to enjoy the flowers.

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