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post #16 of 60 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 08:33 PM
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Heh, I had the same thing--only to good affect. I worried the tiny piece of wood I had would be lost in the bowl, but with the way the bowl shape magnifies things, it's perfect. Rule of thumb, anything you put in a rounded vessel should be at least 30% smaller than you expect it should be.

The other issue, of course, is that anything along the outside edge is invisible unless you get just the right viewing angle. I'm planning on digging thru my storage boxes tonight for a nice sturdy lazy susan to put my shrimp bowl on so I can safely rotate it to get better views.
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Heh, I had the same thing--only to good affect. I worried the tiny piece of wood I had would be lost in the bowl, but with the way the bowl shape magnifies things, it's perfect. Rule of thumb, anything you put in a rounded vessel should be at least 30% smaller than you expect it should be.

The other issue, of course, is that anything along the outside edge is invisible unless you get just the right viewing angle. I'm planning on digging thru my storage boxes tonight for a nice sturdy lazy susan to put my shrimp bowl on so I can safely rotate it to get better views.
Yeah the outside edge kinda ruined the look I was going for. Next time I'll build it higher and use smaller wood/rocks.
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So I stocked it finally. Ended up going with 5 white cloud minnows. Thats probably all I will have in the tank. They are making quick work of the water fleas that had almost taken over.

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post #21 of 60 (permalink) Old 10-05-2012, 04:03 PM
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What are you dosing to keep that HC thriving?
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Nothing to be honest. I dry started for a month. Flooded and let it set in for a month then added fish. The substrate is ~1" gravel, ~1" Miracle Grow Organic and ~.5" sand cap. I have a PAR38 hanging about 24" above the tank.

There used to be rocks visible in the foreground but the HC has completely overtaken them at this point.
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Little update. I've got a couple fry now, some a little larger then others. I was having a little trouble with the HC and Hygro starting to yellow so I have been dosing a little trace and comprehensive. Seems to be working, I've noticed quite a change in only a couple days. Any way here are some updated pics.






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post #24 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 10:19 PM
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Very nice looking bowl! That added hygro really made the foreground pop
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post #25 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 10:26 PM
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I love this! Wcmm are so beautiful.

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Very well done. I used the same kind of glass bowl for mine last year. Decided to take it down though, but you may have re-sparked the interest

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post #27 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I love this form factor and no extra gear is really the way to go. I want to do another with scarlet badis but I don't think the wife will let me
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Very clever and nice work, Im a newbie and wonder how do you cycle the tank without a filter...
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Nice I wouldn't mind trying that myself
does it require much maintenance
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post #30 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 12:30 AM
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This is awesome! Nice work buddy! I'm really impressed, and I think the magnification due to the curvature works in this tank. Very cool.
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