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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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My Shrimp Bowl Attempt!

While being stuck in my house for nearly three days I've grown restless and have taken it out on my aquariums In the basement I found my old betta tank that probably hasn't been used in a year or so, probably my last attempt at this what the last time it was used. I grabbed it and took it up stairs. It needs some cleaning but I'm excited to start it out, and ready to make this happen!

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My goal is to have this up and running by next month because I'd like to get a shrimp or two to put in here and the LFS is having a 60% off sale, and I'd rather not have to pay $5 a shrimp

Does anyone have any advice as to what plants to put in here? I'm thinking crypt wendtii, dwarf sag, and cambomba cuttings. I'm thinking that some floaters would be good to have as well, and perhaps some HM if I can get a hold of it (always liked it, have yet to buy any). Any other suggestions with plants? I'm really not sure what kind of lighting I have for this tank seeing as it is smaller than I'm used to, so I'm lost as to what plants I can put in here without killing them!




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Id say put a small moss ball in there too, they love it!

Strangely enough I have a small fear of shrimps and would freak if they climbed out of that bowl.
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Id say put a small moss ball in there too, they love it!

Strangely enough I have a small fear of shrimps and would freak if they climbed out of that bowl.
That's a great idea! I have a few of them in another tank. I'll move on over!

I'm a little apprehensive about that as well, but I'm hoping that they won't climb out and if I see them getting close to there I'll put a cover over it

I just finished scaping it. It looks a bit barren but hopefully it'll grow soon I'll load some pictures soon.

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Okay, pictures:

Bowl set up (and my little pico I threw together as well):


Top of the Bowl:


Side View of the Bowl:


I think that I'm going to name this bowl because I don't like the continuous use of 'bowl'. I'm thinking that I shall call it "The Garden" that seems fitting as that's what I want it to turn out to be!

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Look forward to seeing how this goes.
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Looks like you're off to a good start, should be successful.

I have almost the exact setup.. for the first month I had issues with film forming on the water surface and had to skim it every couple of days. Since then it has been almost no maintenance and plants are super happy

Look forward to seeing it filled out.
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Just me personally I would fill it with more substrate to make it easyer to see with a round bowl you want the gravel line to be near the widest part on the bowl


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Is room temp warm enough?

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Good but I hate bowls bcoz you can scape it only once the next time while you wish to scape Water comes out!!!

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Look forward to seeing how this goes.
Thanks! TBH, I went off today came back and for some reason I thought that it would be nice and grown... Yeah, didn't really happen, although I really never expected it too

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Looks like you're off to a good start, should be successful.

I have almost the exact setup.. for the first month I had issues with film forming on the water surface and had to skim it every couple of days. Since then it has been almost no maintenance and plants are super happy

Look forward to seeing it filled out.
Great to know! I'll be sure to skim if there is film. How long did it take for it to show up? I just want to know when to expect it

And that's really sweet that we have similar set ups! Do you have any pictures? I'd love to see it.

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Just me personally I would fill it with more substrate to make it easyer to see with a round bowl you want the gravel line to be near the widest part on the bowl
Yeah, I'll probably put a bit more sand in there, I just don'e want to fill it up to much in the event I get shrimp they do need somewhere to go! But, thanks for the input, I'll be sure to do that.


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Is room temp warm enough?
It should be. My room keeps about 68F-70F year round which is warm enough for shrimp. They're great in "colder" water.

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Good but I hate bowls bcoz you can scape it only once the next time while you wish to scape Water comes out!!!

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I know, I put my hand in right after I filled it and it spilled... should have known better:/ But I don't think that I'll do too much scaping (or at least that's what I'm thinking now...).


Thanks everyone for your input! I'm really excited to see how this tank turns out Ah, it needs to grow!

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Is 68-70 warm enough for the plants? The reason I'm asking is because I might start one of these.

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Is 68-70 warm enough for the plants? The reason I'm asking is because I might start one of these.
I don't think plants care too much about temp (too hot can actually kill some of them). Fish are the sensitive ones about temps.
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Huh, I don't even know you could keep shrimp in an unfiltered bowl.. They don't need moving water?
It looks great so far!
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I don't think that they do. I've looked up other bowls that were done in this way and they all seem to be in good health. If nothing else and the shrimp (once I get them) start to look bad I can hook up a air stone. And thanks. I may upload a few more pictures tomorrow but not much has changed.

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Huh, I don't even know you could keep shrimp in an unfiltered bowl.. They don't need moving water?
It looks great so far!
May depend on the species, but most shrimp-only tanks I've seen have had very minimal filtration and current. Many seem to have only sponge filters powered by simple air pumps.

Mine are doing fine in a tank with very little current.
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