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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dirted bowl

I set up a new planted bowl last night. I decided to try the dirted method.
The substrate is miracle grow organic potting mix with a bit of laterite I had
laying around. I capped it off with pool filter sand.

Plants:
-micro sword?
-anubia barteri broad leaf?
-crypt wendtii
-moneywort?
-Background plant... I forgot the name already

I really wish I would have planted more heavily. I also need to get
a better light for it. I have a desk lamp right now but im having trouble
finding the right cfl for it. might just have to go with one of the bulbs from
petco. Im also planing on adding some mystery snails and some frog bit
if I can get my hands on any.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 04:54 AM
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Try a hardware store like Lowes or Order online. I have eben foumd some at discount stores like Big lots... they emmit 23W at 6500k (daytime) range. I use industrial aluminum clamps


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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 08:25 AM
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Nice looking bowl!

I have a similar sized bowl. My light is an 11w cfl GE indoor flood light 6700k temp, that I put in a desk lamp. I found it at Wal-mart.

My plants have been growing very well under it.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'll probably try Walmart. I haven't had much luck searching
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 08:54 PM
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Nice bowl!

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 04:34 AM
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I have a question for you.

Are you testing your water chemistry? The reason I ask is because I started a dirted bowl last night, and I've been reading that the nutrients in the soil can cause a ~surprise~ nitrate spike.

I haven't done any tests yet, and was curious...

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 09:01 PM
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Great looking bowl.

If you have Loews look there they have 6500k bulbs with various wattages.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 09:25 PM
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i like it alot, im working on a dirted bowl myself

as far as the bulb, just dont give up...

took a bit of calling but i found them finally at lowes and ace hardware by me

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 09:31 PM
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Maybe one of this led bulb would be ok to use on a bowl

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