We were delighted to see pictures of this freshly-planted 20-gallon long setup built by one of our customers, Joseph Goggans, as a riparium/paludarium hybrid. While it still needs to grow in, the thoughtful combination of fine-textured mosses with larger plants, natural substrates and hardscape features has already created a convincing streambank environment.
Below, the established tank that provided most of the smaller foliage for this new setup.
Mini semi-aquatic plants (Ludwigia, Cryptocoryne, Rotala & mosses) along with a few epiphytes (Hoya, Peperomia & Ficus) were transplanted onto the stone and driftwood surfaces from a smaller (12" X 12" x 12"), display and combined with riparium plants (Acorus, Colocasia & Ruellia) in riparium planters. We have seen several enthusiasts use this strategy to good effect. The riparium planters provide a sturdy way to position taller background foliage for smaller plants growing on hardscape in the layout midground.
Below, a work in progress with most of the hardscape and sand substrate in place.
A pair of pendant par-base LED lamps illuminate the display. Natural fine sand substrate along with natural fallen leaf litter and tree seed pods provide the beautiful finishing touches.
We look forward to updates, including livestock selection, as this setup grows in. Thank you Joseph for sharing!
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We were amazed to see updates for this splendid tank setup by our Canadian friend, Nigel Tobey. The Celestial Swamp uses taller background plants growing in riparium planters and other marginal aquatics supported by driftwood stumps, thus functioning like a riparium/paludarium hybrid. There is also plenty happening in the underwater area.
The aquarium is a roomy enclosure with dimensions 48" X 30" X 12". This kind of broad footprint with short sides works especially well for riparium and paludarium plantings because it provides plenty of space for plants to grow in the abovewater area and the shape enhances the vertical dimension to create a more expansive view.
The plants growing as marginals include Cyperus Dwarf Umbrella Sedge, Spathiphyllum Peace Lily and Echinodorus Swordplant in riparium planters, with Syngonium, Alocasia, Ficus and others sprawling across the driftwood surfaces above the water. The varied and diverse underwater planting includes Cryptocoryne species, Hydrocotyle, Lilaeopsis and more.
The fish stocking is intended to more or less represent a Myanmar (Burma) river flooded forest and includes Celestichthys margaritatus, Celestichthys choprae and Brachydanio tinwini, among others. These are excellent nano fish to combine in a roomy tank, with their diminutive sizes further accentuating the scale of the space.
Stay tuned! We will have more details on the way, including hardware specifications, to tell the story of the exceptional aquascape and model ecosystem display.
Steve at Fish Planet sent us a few update shots for his showroom riparium planting. The plants look very good and the tank has been a big hit with customers. The following lists basic specifications for this planted model ecosystem:
- Tank - 45-gallon cube (24" X 24") - a great size and shape for a riparium planting
- Lighting - 4X 24", 6,500K HO T5 lamps in pendant fixture, lighting for underwater area supplemented with Finnex I LED strip
- Water circulation/filtration - Eheim 2213 canister supplemented with 100 gph power filter
The robust plant growth above and below water provides lots of natural water purification and habitat structure, allowing for an active fish display with lots of animals. Livestock include Neon Dwarf Rainbows, Silver Hatchetfish, Pygmy Cories and Burmese Rasboras. Among the submerged aquatic plants are various Crypts, Java Fern and Christmas Moss. Riparium plants include Colocasia Dwarf Taro, Ruellia Dwarf Bluebell, Ruellia Tall Bluebell and Acorus Japanese Sweetflag. Notice also the floating leaves of Nymphaea Dwarf Lily.
There is no CO2 injection to enhance underwater plant growth; the tank uses instead a natural approach with the generous fish stocking and bioactive substrates. The riparium plants of course acquire all of the carbon dioxide they need directly from the air, where it is usually much more available than underwater. The submerged plants and riparium plants do benefit with twice-weekly fert dosing for NPK and micronutrients.
We look forward to more updates on this beautiful riparium. It looks as the the Ruellia plant might flower soon with its lovely pink blossoms. That will be a treat!
Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia praecox) - an excellent choice for an active fish display in a planted tank.
Colocasia Dwarf Taro with other riparium foliage
The Ruellia Tall Bluebell has numerous flower buds and will bloom soon.
Visit the Aqua Verdi/Riparium Supply site, subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch our Facebook page for tips, new products and design ideas you can use to build a beautiful, relatively easy-care ecosystem display.
The attached photograph shows a Central America/Mexico biotope riparium in a 50-gallon tank. Plants include Acorus Japanese Sweetflag, Acrostichum Leather Fern and Ruellia Dwarf Bluebell.
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