Ripariums are a style of aquaria that utilize a combination of planters, rafts and riparian or emersed aquatic plants (i.e. Spathiphyllum, Dieffenbachia, Acorus, Pilea, Bacopa, Cryptocornes) to create a riparian-like display. The planters are generally made of plastic with several small holes in it. When planted, they are usually filled with a clay based planting media, planted with a hydrophyte or other water loving plant, then attached close to the water line on the back or sides of the riparium display tank. The rafts are usually small and made of a tough foam with many holes sized for the stems of plants in it. After the stems of the selected plant are placed into the holes of the raft, it is attached to the front of a planter in the display. The roots of the riparium plants then have their root systems completely submerged under water and are able to absorb nutrients including nitrogenous wastes from the water column. Ripariums have been confused with another style of aquaria known as paludariums. The biggest difference between these two styles, is that paludariums have a set land area, while ripariums have no set land area, but are comprised of movable planters and rafts. Riparium displays have numerous advantages, including providing cover for shy fishes, removing nitrogenous waste from the water column, adding vibrant colours to a setup, and creating a naturalistic display.
This is a write up I did for AquariumWiki .
Riaprium Supply has recently come out with a new type (or design) of Nano Trellis Rafts. Now I dont mean to kick dirt at the original (which is a great product), but the new Nano Trellis Rafts are a great improvement on the originals. For starters, they take up much less space in a riparium because of their curved design. As you can see in the second picture, they almost ‘hug’ the planters. They are also very easy to hid using plants, and are great for plants like Pilea cardieri, and
Bacopa sp. plants.
In the case of large heavy plants, you can attach small puzzle piece floats to the side of the rafts which give these them more buoyancy. The rafts measure 4 1/2-inches wide in the smaller version, but a larger version for bigger tanks may be available soon.
All in all, Riparium Supply has yet again out done themselves with this great product.
You may be wondering, what are “Nano-Trellis Rafts” and “Small Hanging Planters?” Well here is a description and review of Nano-Trellis Rafts and Small Planters from Riparium Supply
Riparium Supply Small Planters
Riparium Supply Nano-Trellis Rafts
The Riparium Supply Nano-Trellis Rafts are made of a strong black foam that (obviously) floats on water. The Rafts keep the foliage of a plant above the water, while the roots trail in the aquarium water. The roots then take nutrients from the water column. The stem of a plant is put on the Rafts through holes in the Raft. The middle of the Rafts can be taken out to make moving and adding plants easier. If the plant on a Nano-Trellis Raft becomes to heavy, you can add Dumbbell Buoys to help support the Raft. The Buoys attach to the little “arms” of the Raft. Like mentioned above the Rafts have Mushroom Head Fasteners which adhere to other Rafts or Planters.
The Riparium Supply product are very strong and durable, so they won’t break easily. They also make cleaning a riparium a breeze. Just remove the planting material from the tank and then clean the tank itself! I highly recommend Riparium Supply for all riparium equipment.
(Link to Riparium Supply website)