60cm Riparium

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  1. Garuf

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    I notice those lights cropping up a lot here and there when you're searching for cheap lums, I quite like their utilitarian austere look, if you want them steve, I posted a link to some on Georges thread for lidl lights that go for £10 each one.
     
  2. hydrophyte

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    I agree that these economical lights with bare metal have an appealing, utilitarian style. This one goes with the stand that I made for this setup with plywood and steel pipes.

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  3. hydrophyte

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    I got some gravel into this tank and snapped a quick picture too. I might still shuffle the plants around some.

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  4. hydrophyte

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    I have a start on the hardscape. I decided to go with the lace rock.

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    ...hope to have pictures loaded soon.
     
  5. hydrophyte

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    Here is one hardscape idea.

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    This looks more like something you would see in saltwater. I can try other ideas easily enough. You can see that I need to add some taller plants. I just got a larger stem plant in there and I will look for other additional stuff too. I might add a taller Cyperus.
     
  6. Mark Evans

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    the beauty of this style eh Devin :D

    looking great indeed
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    Nice! I like it :)
     
  8. hydrophyte

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    Thanks you guys!

    Here is a bit of a rescape with a stone rearrangement and a couple of new taller plants.

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  9. hydrophyte

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    Here's another view, from a different angle.

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  10. hydrophyte

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    Here is one additional shot.

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    I added fish last night and I hope to be back soon with pictures of them. Today they are uncomfortable in their new surroundings and just hiding in the shade beneath the plants.
     
  11. Steve Smith

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    Excellent :) I particularly like the plants on the right side. Whats the plant middle/back? (behind the larger leaf/red tinted plant).
     
  12. Jase

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    I'm fascinated by your Ripariums Devin, the plants always look so healthy. Out of interest, is there a difference between a Paludarium and a Riparium?
     
  13. hydrophyte

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    Do you mean the tallest grassy plant? That one is an umbrella sedge, Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis.

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    It gets to be a bit tall (~50cm) but that is one of my favorite riparium plants.
     
  14. Steve Smith

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    Ah, no. Not that one (although it is very nice). I mean the one to the right of it, and second tallest in the above photo. It looks like a small shrub :)
     
  15. hydrophyte

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    Oh that one is a Hyptis sp.. This plant will grow underwater too.
     
  16. hydrophyte

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    Here is a quick shot from tonight.

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  17. Steve Smith

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    That Cyperus looks like it's really going for it! I like the addition of the submerged plants. Looks a little like needle leaf java? The plant to the left looks like a plant which the name escapes me... Stem plant with long leaves... Gah!

    Anyhow, it's looking top notch :)
     
  18. hydrophyte

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    Oh that underwater plant is willow Hygrophila.

    The left-most emersed plant is baby panda bamboo (Pogonatherum crinitum) which is often used as a bonsai subject or accent, but does well in the water too.

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  19. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    It looks really good, I must admit I'm not familiar with either Hyptis or Pogonatherum crinitum as plants, although I have seen dried Hyptis "Brazilian Mint" sold as a painkiller and all round wonder drug. Did you get the plants in the UK?

    cheers Darrel
     
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