As promised I have pictures of the bowls!
Here is the shallow bowl
The HC is starting to grow in nicely, and that bacopa is growing like mad. The hydrocotyle tripartita (sp japan) is doing great too!
Some ludwigia sp. red in the back, hoping it grows a little taller but it's quite slow-growing. I believe that's rotala indica next to it there that's doing well. I don't remember what the fuzzy one is on the right that's struggling...
Shot of the alternanthera reineckii which looks pretty cool, nice burgundy leaves. The bacopa flowers have since shriveled up, which is too bad. Maybe I'll get some more though!
And now the taller bowl, which is my favorite at the moment (mainly cause it's growing better, haha). I did suffer a complete loss of all the HC due to the white/yellow spider-web like mold. It took the whole lot in only a few days which is as impressive as it was disappointing.
But from the ashes rose a nice mat of hydrocotyle tripartita that's doing quite well.
As you can see, the plants in this one are doing much better. (other than that bacopa in the other one, haha) I think the taller bowl really helps with the humidity, it's also deeper soil which probably helps. The moss on the wood hasn't really done anything, it's not dead, but it hasn't spread or really grown out at all.
Close up of the alternanthera reineckii, proserpinica palustris, and...the fuzzy one all doing great! It looks like the proserpinia has some flower buds on it?
Here's the ludwigia repens sp rubin on the left, which is another good one. It has grown all the way from one side of the bowl to the other and is now going vertical. Not as red in it's above-water form, but I still like it. Next to it there is hygrophilla polysperma (I think), that's also doing really well.
And finally, I set up one more. Going for a little iwagumi style here with the glass cube. I used a couple large lava rocks to make some boulders, amazonia powder for scaling. HC on top trailing down between the boulders with some hydrocotyle tripartita mixed in. Also some staurogyne repens on the bottom. The left boulder has some moss covering it, I believe it's java with some fissidens mixed in. Then there's a little moss wrapped around the bottom half of the other boulder. It's about 4 inches high in back and about 1 inch in the front.
Alright, thanks for hanging in there everyone! Hope you like them! I think the taller bowl is going to end up on my desk at work soon, so I'm excited for that!
Oops, forgot to mention, all of these are grown using a desk lamp that has a 100W equivalent, 6500K CFL on for 14 hours a day!