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RipariumGuy 08-03-2010 09:16 AM

Ripariums! Anybody Heard of Them?
Hey guys and gals! I am new here and I thought it would be a good idea to introduce some of you to a new type of aquascape, Ripariums! For starters, riparium comes from the latin work ripa- which means "river bank" so a riparium is a recreation of a river bank. Hobbyist use small Planters filled with a substrate with a marginal/bog or emmersed aquatic plant growing out of it. The planter is then put into a normal aquarium so that the roots of the plant are underwater. The planter is then attatched to the wall of the aquarium using either suction cups, or magnets. Since the plant's roots are in the aquariums water column, the plant receives nutrients from it, and also acts as a nitrate sponge. Hobbyists also use floating foam Rafts with plants such as Pilea spp. growing out of holes in the foam. The rafts attatch to the Planters to keep them in place using Mushroom head fasteners. Again, the roots of the plants are in the water column which is where it recieves its nutrients. Ripariums are very easy to setup and to change at will! Most ripariumnists have the water level in their tanks lower then normal and without hoods as this would inhibit the growth of the plants. I highly suggest Riparium Supply for all your riparium needs! If your want to read more on this great aquasape revolution I suggest Googling, The Planted Fish Bowl or Hydrophyte's Blog.

If you have questions, feel free to ask!
My 20gH Riparium
A Riparium Supply planter
A Riparium Supply Nano Trellis Raft

RipariumGuy 08-03-2010 09:39 AM

These pictures and quick discription really don't do me justis! By the way, I am not the owner of Riparium Supply.

bones14 08-05-2010 07:25 AM

That looks really good.I did some searching and might be interested in doing one myself.I'm working on my 2nd planted tank now,for the next one I want to do something a little different.What lighting are you using?

redchigh 08-05-2010 10:22 AM

nice, but I would probably use an inch or two of soil substrate instead of the pots...

Looks like a nice home for a salamander. :)

Ulyaoth 08-05-2010 11:25 AM

Never heard of it, but it looks interesting.

JohnnyD44 08-05-2010 06:29 PM

good lookin' stuff you got there! very different!

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