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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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5 gallon NPT LED bowl (updated 2/7)

Decided to go bigger. Picked this up at Homegoods for $16. I'm currently looking for a nice piece of wood to go in it, maybe a root/trunk thing? I'd also like to do some nice emergent plants. Anyone have any recommendations for neat emergents?



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post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 04:27 PM
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Just out of curiosity... because I would hate to see that bowl break... but how thick is that glass? Will it be able to hold 2-3 gallons of water? I would test it first in a bath tub for a week to be safe... but that's me...

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post #3 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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heh, thanks not a bad idea. The glass is decently thick but it can't hurt. I'll fill it up in the backyard and let it sit.
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Good idea. If it can pass a few days to a week of being filled, you should be good to go!

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Ok so leak test went fine. Found a piece of wood, I've got it soaking right now. I was going to add some rock to build up a slope but i haven't found any nice pieces. Any suggestion on fauna? I was thinking of a carpet of some type, again not sure onwhat plant.


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Maybe some HC or glosso?
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I'd be tempted to just make a small bowl like the be covered in some sort of moss, like having it carpet the bottom, the wood, and everything within reach
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Yeah I kinda want to do a simple carpet with some rock. My only concern is that there wont be enough biomass to properly cycle the dirt tank.
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Well its a crappy shot but you ge the idea. waiting for the HC to grow in. I'm running a PAR38 about 1ft above the tank.

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Things are coming along. I was getting some algae growth on the wood and rock so I've pulled the light even higher, I'm @ 14" or so. At this pace I may be able to flood in the next two or three weeks.

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Well its getting there. I'm having trouble with heat and I keep getting die-off. I also pulled the light up more, its @ 24" now. Should I wait more? I feel like if I flood now I won't have to worry about heat but I'm assuming my growth will come to a screaming halt.

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Well its flooded, everything is doing fine. My only problem is once you fill with water it completely changes the perspective. I'll have to keep that in mind for my next big bowl.



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Looks nice.
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Good looking bowl!


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Just out of curiosity... because I would hate to see that bowl break... but how thick is that glass? Will it be able to hold 2-3 gallons of water? I would test it first in a bath tub for a week to be safe... but that's me...
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