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    Riparium Bonsai

    Here's the tank in a temporary spot. As soon as I can get power to it I'm going to move it out of this corner to another wall. I thought that the planting could be a bit more full, so I added a Cyperus umbrella sedge in one more planter to the right of the cypress tree. The bonsai tree looks...
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    A 56 is real good for this kind of thing. The 65 Tall (45 X 60 X 90) is also a nice size & shape. The plants are all planted in riparium planters and trellis rafts.
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Thanks again!
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Thanks so much. Yes I really like that contrast too. I was impressed with how the LED lit up the water area and enhanced that mahogany color. Yes there are just a couple of little sponge filters in there and I do partial water changes a couple of times a week. This seems to be plenty. There...
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    I cleaned the tank tonight and here are some update photos. The PAR 38 is really great with the stained water. The Betta schalleri are still very shy and I don't know if I'll ever get a good shot with fish in it. The plants look good. Another nice thing about these socket LEDs is that...
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    1300 litre chocolate lake

    Nice lighting I look forward to seeing how this performs.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Thanks BigTom! The leather fern is a real nice riparium plant. I hope to have another article in there next spring.
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    Taiwan Bee Nano

    Really nice! I like that first shot of the tank above.
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Thanks so much for these tips you guys. I have a hard time trying to keep up with breeding projects, but maybe I will give a shot with these fish. They do look like really healthy specimens.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    This tank is featured in a new article from the latest issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. Please check it out if you can. Can you get AMAZONAS in the UK? I tried to include some good information on growing the mangrove trees in a riparium setup. The pictures turned out pretty good.
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    These Betta schalleri have colored up so nice now that the magnolia leaves have stained the water some more. I got to try to get some pictures of them, but the flash on my camera has died, so I need to borrow. Here's a link to a shot that looks just like my fish are looking now...
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    The fish have colored up nice and they are a lot less shy now. I gotta try to get some pictures of them.
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Thanks very much. It's easy to get good plant shots out in the sunshine.
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    Mark Evans-120 x 55 x 55cm.... 'Convalescence' The joy of shrimp

    £2.00 per Litre? So you just filled this tank with petrol?
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    I got a better picture of the Iguanura tenuis palm. I wish that I could find regular commercial availability for this plant, but ii is just rare and hard-to-find. It sure grows nice. Since it's a palm there is no easy way to propagate it either.
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    1300 litre chocolate lake

    This will be a helluva stand for your tank. You could hold up a car on that steel frame.
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    11.4G Riparium

    11.4G Riparium I have a new project in the works! This is a Mr. Aqua 11.4-gallon tank that I have already used for a few riparium plantings. I'm setting it up again to test out a few new kinds of riparium plants. This will be a pretty simple setup with a single PAR 38 LED and a small...
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    I got the Betta schalleri into the tank. They look good, but they are extremely shy. I don't know how I will take pictures of these fish. Maybe if I put lots of hides int he tank and use subdued lighting I can get them to come up front more.
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    It looks like the whole second page of this thread was deleted(?). Has this been observed with any other threads? ---edit--- Oh I just read Paulo's post about the site crash. Thanks Paulo for fixing everything up again! I went to get the two update shots showing the tank now with plants...
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    Thanks you guys! Most of the grassy riparium plants grow a bit taller, but Acorus gramineus is a good choice. If you can find it Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis would be another good one. Pogonatherum crinitum would be another good one if you can find it. Can you get Tropica plants there...
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    1300 litre chocolate lake

    I can't wait to see pictures! Do you know when you might have the enclosure?
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    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium

    56G Sarawak Blackwater Riparium I have a new setup in the works. I decided to do a new kind of riparium planting in my 56G column aquarium. I had a hillstream riparium planting in that tank previously... I plan to use most of the same planting, but change it over to a blackwater setup more...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I have been trying to get some better pictures of this planting. I cleaned everything up again and here are a couple of quick shots from tonight.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    The regular commercial riparium planters have much better suction cups than the shower caddies do. Mine never fail so long as I keep the suction cups and the glass clean. Here is a quick specimen shot for the marsh killifish. I'm having a lot of trouble getting the camera flash to work...
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    NAtural Jurassic....shaky video p17.

    I just watched the video. Nice work!
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I have a couple more shots to show more foliage detail. Here is a better view of the Montezuma cypress. And here is the Cephalanthus occidentalis buttonbush.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    I'm attempting to get some specimen shots of the fish in this tank. I netted a couple of individuals and put them into a 5-gallon tank that I had painted white on the bottom and rear panel. I need to experiment some more. Here is a quick knock out of the male Cyprinodon variegatus pupfish...
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    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    That planting is lovely! And congratulations for placing.
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    60cm Riparium

    If you select the smaller plants your tank will work well enough.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks James. The fish aren't too exciting, but I can try to get some pictures.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I got a quick update shot tonight. This setup is still doing well. The Lysimachia creeping Jenny (lower right) is filling in nicely.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Here's a quick update shot from a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, the Marsilea fern in the lower left has declined over time. It did not like the change in lighting or water parameters or something after I moved it to this setup. I removed it and replaced with a Lysimachia creeping Jenny...
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Now the plants have had a couple of weeks to start to grow in. They look pretty good. Here you can see the new Lake Inle danios. These seem like a real good "stand in" choice as a shoaling species for a Tanganyika setup. They look real good with the julies and the Synodontis.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    I like these julies a lot. They are one of the best fish that I have kept. With that opaque charcoal black coloration they really look more like a marine fish. The Coix lacryma rew very well in the riparium planters, but it started to get tall fast. I think it would work in a larger setup or a...
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    I got back to work on this tank and now I have it replanted and all cleaned up. The water is crystal clear. This morning I got a quick shot with the morning sun shining through. The planting will be looking good with about six weeks to grow in.
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    NA 120cm - Asian Dreams-IAPLC # 251

    That shot above is wonderful!
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I finally got the fish into this setup. Last night I added nine Boraras brigittae and two Sphaerichthys osphromenoides chocolate gouramis. The gouramis look great with the oak leaves!. I'll try to get some new pictures.
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    A 'little' box of chocolates, licorice n allsorts - baby chocco fry

    Looking good Alastair! I just added a couple of chocolates to one of my setups and I like them a lot.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    The suction cups supplied with the regular riparium planters hold much better and last a lot longer than those thinner suction cups. The riparium planters are also supplied with the plastic snap fastener for attaching the riparium trellis raft.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    The plants are all plnted in riparium hanging planters.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Here's one of the quick shots that I got last week. I really like the plants in here a lot, especially the Pandanus.
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Thanks you guys! That Pandanus tectorius is one of my favorite plants. And it's perfect for a brackish mangrove setup.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks so much Alastair. You are right: I should probably keep the oak leaves + sand. Since this is a new setup the water is a bit cloudy while also being stained by the leaves. It will probably clear up as the system matures. I plan to add a group of Boraras uropthalmoides and a single...
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Here's another new update. I'm trying to get some better pictures for a magazine article about this tank.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks! This tank will not need a heater during the next few months as the room is warm enough. If it gets to be more chilly during the winter I can add a small 25w heater and position it horizontally along one side.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I have a quick update photo. This is with a black background and some Photoshop. I added a couple of new plants. You can see the Marsilea fern over on the right. I am trying to decide whether I like the underwater area or not. The oak leaves have stained the water and sand. I wonder if I might...
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    New Article about Planted Ripariums

    Thanks mate! I hope to have another one in the next issue or the one after that.
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    New Article about Planted Ripariums

    I just got another new magazine article published! I wrote this for the July/August 2013 issue of Amazonas Magazine and it features the masterfully-planted 90-P riparium by Nick Xyong (). Can you get the English-language Amazonas in the UK? It's a great mag. Here's a quick look at the...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Here's another shot a little bit closer to show the foliage textures. I hope to have fish pretty soon!
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    Project name - Forest

    This is amazing! Nice work Viktor :thumbup:
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I got another new plant in the mail last week. These are three bare root sapling of swamp rose (Rosa palustris). As a northern rose this is a temperate plant, but I hope that it will work out in the riparium. I have seen a few cases of roses growing as houseplants, so they might not...
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    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    This tank and the photos are fantastic! I imagine you explained it somewhere, but what is the tall brown-leaved plant with the wavy margins?
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    A 'little' box of chocolates, licorice n allsorts - baby chocco fry

    This is top notch! It will look fantastic as it grows in.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    It's gonna be B. urophthalmoides.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    That's a cypress tree, not a pine. Thanks Alastair! I hope to add fish this week. I think I will use a little group of Boraras as well as a single Indostomus crocadilus.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Last night I set this up with pool filter sand and oak leaves.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Here's another new plant that I am trying out in this setup. St. Job's tears (Coix lacryma) is a tropical grass related to corn (Zea mays) that grows well in wet soils. It is pretty easy to start from seed and these are seedlings that I got about six weeks after sowing. This plant can grow...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks! I'm not sure about that. I imagine it should stay for at least 4-6 months.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I wrote a blog post about this setup. It includes most of the same details that I have already mentioned here. Here is the link if you want to check it out... Bonsai Trees in Planted Ripariums | Riparium Supply I still need to set up the tank with substrate, hardscape, fish, a few more plants...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Yes I visit SeriouslyFish.com quite a lot and I had seen those pages. Both of those fish might be pretty good choices for this tank. If you put it together right it's pretty easy to make a small to medium-sized rimless tank and like you mention it can be much more economical. Another big plus...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Have you had experience with the M. kubotai? Do you know if they are inclined to jump? I can just imagine fish leaping out of this tank, especially since the water is so shallow. I want to choose something less likely to jump. The glass was about $35 US. Most any local glass shop can cut a few...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks mate! It's not hard to build a small rimless tank like this. It went together easily. I'm going to keep the bonsai tree along with a few other plants and some kind of nano fish in a small group. My current two favorite fish ideas are Microdeverio kubotai and Heterandria formosa.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I have some new shots. This picture shows the tank construction. The glass is 1/4" plate and I sealed the seams with GE Type I silicone. After bonding the five glass panels and letting the silicone cure for a couple of days I scraped excess silicone from the inside corners, then masked for...
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Thanks so much!
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    Mangrove Forest - 245L Brackish Riparium

    Here's a quick update for this tank. The plants are looking good.
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    Journal of our five tanks

    Nice emergent growth in those tanks.
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    10l Summer experiment

    Very nice little setup!
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Since this tree seems to be establishing fine I decided to just go ahead and wire it. I was getting tired of seeing its awkward shape. Here it it wrapped with aluminum bonsai wire before I started to bend it. Here it is after I put a few more natural curves in it. I'm still working on it...
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    A New Adventure (a jungle mess)

    Nice work! But mosses do not flower.
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    'Back in the Saddle' 90cm - 1 year on!

    Looking good!
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Here is a quick update for the T. mucronatum that I have started from seed. The little plants are growing very fast right in the planter.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    I'm working with a few other tree and shrub species as potential bonsai for ripariums. Here is a quick list... Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) Buttonbush (Cepahalanthis occidentalis) Hummingbird Flower (Sesbania grandiflora) Pond Apple (Annona glabra) River Cane (Arundinaria tecta) These are all...
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks mate! The roots won't grow a whole lot more because they will be contained in the riparium planter. Here it is in the planter. I've had the plant in the tank for a couple of days now. It still looks pretty good.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Monetzuma cypress can gro wto be one of the biggest trees on earth (Google it) but you can also keep it small with bonsai training. I have been growing mangrove trees for some time riparium setups. My 65G tank has white mangrove, black mangrove and red mangrove.
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Thanks for the likes you guys! I cut out a lot of the roots on this cypress so that I could fit it into the planter. Since I removed so much root I also took about 50% off the top of the plant.
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    65x45x42 DIY

    Really great tank setups!
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    Riparium Bonsai

    Riparium Bonsai This thread is a continuation of a couple of others that I have been working on about growing certain kinds of trees and woody trees as bonsai specimens in planted riparium setups. I thought it would be a good idea to record some of my observations with a journal thread, too...
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    Training Bonsai Tree for Planted Riparium

    I got the Montezuma cypress today!
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    Training Bonsai Tree for Planted Riparium

    Oh I'm definitely adding fish to this setup. The tank is only about 6.5 gallons, so I will need to use a small nano fish. The Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) that I ordered is supposed to get here tomorrow with UPS. It is apparently in a 1-gallon pot. I don't know if I will be able to...
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    Training Bonsai Tree for Planted Riparium

    Training Bonsai Tree for Planted Riparium I have been trying out a couple of new kinds of plants for use in ripariums that might be good candidates for developing more or less as bonsai specimens. I started another discussion over in the Aquascaping forum about the idea of borrowing from...
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    Riparium Ikebana

    I found another plant that might look good in a setup like this. River cane (Arundindaria gigantea) is a Southeast US-native true bamboo. Most bamboos do not like to grow in wet soil, but A. gigantea is a true swamp/riverbottom plant. It can grow to 15' tall, but maybe I can keep it pretty...
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Here's a quick shot of the J. transcriptus "Pembe" juvies. They are very cute little fish. I need to take some more time to try to get better pictures of them.
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    90cm nature scape

    That setup looks great. Happy plants in there!
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    259L bookcase rebirth

    This is a wonderful setup.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Here are a couple more shots. Like I mentioned before, the riparium planting needs to grow in some more, but it looks more full if you view it from the side.
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    AL's Acrylic Nano

    Nice little setup!
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    Riparium Ikebana

    I made a quick cardboard mock up to have an idea of proportions. The 22" X 15" footprint looked too big, so I cut it down to 20" X 14" to get this shape. I think I like it and I think it will work with my idea. Accounting for .25" glass, this will have a total volume of about 6.5 gallons. I...
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Here's a quick FTS! The riparium planting is rather thin needs to grow in some more. These plants all grow pretty fast, so it should be looking pretty full in about six weeks.
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    George's TMC Signature

    Really great pictures George!
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    Montezuma Cypress

    These little trees have already started to grow! You can see new leaves emerging from between the seed leaves. I hope that I will start to root development in the planter soon.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    I'm getting this tank into shape and the plants are starting to grow in. The planting is still sort of thin for a very good FTS picture, but I got this quick photo to show some of the foliage. The red plant on the right is Hibiscus acetosella African rose mallow. This plant is a true East Africa...
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    A New Adventure (a jungle mess)

    That looks fantastic Ian!
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    I'll try to get video next week. For right now it doesn't look like so much because these new cichlids just hide all the time. So do the catfish.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Thanks mates! Yes this J. transcriptus is one of the smallest julie species. They are a good choice for this smallish tank setup.
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    Lake Tanganyika Riparium

    Here's a quick fish shot. This is one of the J. transcriptus juvies that came with the group. They have such attractive markings. I really like the charcoal black color.
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    ophiopogon gigantea

    That plant grows well in riparium planters. Here is some of it in my 11.4G Mr. Aqua setup...
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    Mr. Aqua 11.4G Riparium - Take 2

    Thanks for the likes you guys!
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    Montezuma Cypress

    The seedlings have grown a bit more.
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