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They are great fun... Alot of fun actually...
I like them more than regular tanks.. but fishbowls cant hold angels.. xD
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Very nice looking--love to have that sun here in Michigan today!

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Add another nerite or 2 for your algae? Maybe a mystery snail. I wish I had algae for my otos to eat, think I'm going to start farming them on rocks outside
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Very nice looking--love to have that sun here in Michigan today!

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Ahaha.. I'll trade you. I'm very much a cold weather person, the bonus is how early I can start my plants for my garden!
Thank you very much. It looks much different now. Well not much different. Different. Just different.
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Add another nerite or 2 for your algae? Maybe a mystery snail. I wish I had algae for my otos to eat, think I'm going to start farming them on rocks outside
I was considering dropping one of my spair nerites in. But I don't think that they are eating what ive got.
For now A simple twirl with a toothbrush does the trick.
I will send you a brown diatom feast for otos!!
I'm in charge of my friends goldfish tank and there plenty of that to go around.
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I figured I should post some updated info. And a pic tomorrow.

I raised the substrate up another 3 inches. One of the things that really bothered me was how I could never really see my scape unless I crouched.
But now I think its too high!! I cant win!!
I also tore it apart and added in a layer of MGOPS. Oddly after this my water stays clearer for much longer.
The anubias nana was taken out and donated to friend for her goldfish tank. I'm thinking of adding petite in its place... Not sure yet.
The marsilea still hasnt acclimated to its one leafed form after years of trying.
Ive finally excepted that Its going to remain a cute clover shape the whole time I have it. I think im ok with that. However it has taken off after adding in the potting soil.
Its just exploded into growth.
My vals and rotala have taken it a bit harder. The vals melted immediately. They grew back but wont grow above the 4 inch mark no matter how hard I try.
The rotala hasnt done anything. At all. It just sits there. I saw the very first signs of growth today. But its slow going.

That weird grassy plant. I'm not sure what it is. Just when I think I have it figured out it turns out not to be it. Its starting to take off like the marsilea.
Hope to post a picture tomorrow.
Oh.. And I added water wisteria and took out the water hyacinth. The water wisteria is to help keep the water cleaner for now. And the hyacinth suddenly got too big really quickly. Its in my tub pond now. For now there a baby water lettuce.

I'm thinking of ordering the dwarf variety of water lettuce for a few of my tanks though. Including this one.

Also... I'm pretty sure my algae issues could be solved with just a little water movement. I hate airstones so those are way out. But I also hate wires and am not sure how to hide one.
I was thinking a small fountain pump in a sponge would do the tick and provide filtration. But I was hoping to avoid wires and even any equipment at all.
I'm still up in the air.
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Hmm didn't know you added miracle grow. You have dirt, you have plenty of light, I think you just have to wait it out. You could also try and dose some Flourish Excel for carbon (helps with algae too) for speedier/larger growth. Newman's shrimp bowl took quite some time to get established.
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I always love to see people put beta fish into really nice homes. I always feel so damn bad when I go to a fish store and see them so depressed in those little cups.
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Hmm didn't know you added miracle grow. You have dirt, you have plenty of light, I think you just have to wait it out. You could also try and dose some Flourish Excel for carbon (helps with algae too) for speedier/larger growth. Newman's shrimp bowl took quite some time to get established.
It didnt help that it just sort of sat there for a few months.
Now that theres a fertile substrate hopefully things will take off.
I bought some excel today.
I was avoiding dosing, but if it helps take off I'm going for it.
I feel bad for my betta....
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I always love to see people put beta fish into really nice homes. I always feel so damn bad when I go to a fish store and see them so depressed in those little cups.
True... but those cups are good for stacking and shipping.
And most fo the stores actually have instructions on the cup. Most of the time it says to put the betta in a filtered 3 - 5 gallon with air in the top and a heater. I think people miss that part though..
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Wondering if the betta's fins are still okay? All 5 ghost shrimp are indeed ghost shrimp and non-aggressive?
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Theres some blue pearl culls in there as well now...
Yup.. all well in this world. The shrimp never bother him, and he never bothers the shrimp...
He doesnt even chase the shrimp babies... lol
I normally have to scoop them out and feed them to something else...
Normally my friends betta...
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It looks absolutely beautiful. How do you heat it/keep the temperature stable, though? It must be hard to stick a heater into a bowl that shape.
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wow, very pretty.

Hey!!! I LOVE CORYDORAS!!!!!!!
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It looks absolutely beautiful. How do you heat it/keep the temperature stable, though? It must be hard to stick a heater into a bowl that shape.
Thank you!!
I don't have a heater. Its in the most stable part of the house and sits on top of a hot water line.
It also doesnt get that cold here.
All those add up to a bowl that never falls below 74. Normally its closer to 76. In the summer the water is around 80.
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