Our First Nature Aquarium
The year 2014, our love for aquatic plants grew and blossomed on a higher level. My husband and I learned of great nature aquarium designers, Takashi Amano and Oliver Knott, to name a few. The rest is history. We began expanding our in-store aquatic section more aggressively bringing in larger selections and growing levels of plants, substrates, aquascaping supplies, C02, and much more. Aquascaping the riparium then became our new hobby too. In-store, you can see our development.
The following pictures reflect on our first attempt on designing and successfully accomplishing, a nature aquarium. This particular type is called a riparium. A riparium is a type of planted aquarium system. It recreates the natural wet habitats which thrive along the edges of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.
Often, hobbyists describe them as planted tanks recreating wetlands or the shoreline of brooks and streams where marginal plants grow. Marginal plants include true aquatics growing immersed and terrestrial vegetation tolerant of marsh conditions.Some may even call this a paludarium.
Paludarium comes from the Latin words “paludal” meaning marshes or swamps and “arium” meaning the closed environment. These environments can represent a large variance of habitats including tropical rain forests, jungles, riverbanks, bogs, or even the beach.
The paludarium is a blend between an aquarium and a terrarium, encompassing both water and land environments into a tank. Ripariums and paludariums are very similar in comparison.
I’ve researched, read books, magazines, googled and communicated with fellow aquarists. Personally, I still can’t come up with a true working definition that everyone sincerely agrees on for these two terms. I believe, that it is solely up to the individual imagination. Here are some examples of ripariums and paludariums.
You should join in on the experience. Feel the positive, natural therapeutic vibes when you create and enjoy your new indoor aquatic garden!
Until next time, I’m off to find my next nature project!