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post #331 of 655 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 06:35 PM
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Wow, this bowls's over 1 year old! Super job Newman, I've had so much fun watching this progress!

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Yes, I recently noticed that too! I am surprised it's lasting this long! maybe the soil is good for longer than 2 months unlike the package claims lol.

I also noticed that recently (for roughly the past 5 months) I have not had to even clean my glass from algae anymore! It stays very clean now, and plants are growing without algae or other problems. I wonder how long this will last, before the next algae bloom sets in? (my last bloom was a complete take over by cladophora algae which made all my plants fuzzy. it happened roughly 5 months ago.)
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Pics? Hehe

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pics of what? the cladophora bloom?
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No, just the bowl in general. That bowls just so awesome. I've been watching this thread this whole time.

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o an updated FTS? I suppose i really do have to replace that one in the first post now haha. I'll take one soon!
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o an updated FTS? I suppose i really do have to replace that one in the first post now haha. I'll take one soon!
Every photo is a FTS with a bowl.
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question, for the bowl, can I just use ada soil without sand? thanks
You could do a bowl with ONLY ADA Aqua Soil.

It wouldn't really be a 'Walstad' bowl and it wouldn't have the initial organic content that the Miracle Gro Organic Complete does nor would it have the the large amount of soil that is left after the MGOC mineralizes but since Aqua Soil has a ton of nutrients in it you would definitely be able to grow plants well.

I would imagine that an Aqua Soil only bowl could be made to work pretty easily but it would likely balance and mature differently (I am talking about water parameters, growth rate, keeping algae away, etc.) than a Walstad style bowl does.

One of those little 5 pound bags of generic aquarium sand at Petco should easily do the trick without breaking the bank or leaving you with 40+ pounds of extra sand. Remember that you want to keep some extra capping material around because you may need to add small amounts in the future to cover up low spots, spots where you tear a plant out, etc.
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post #340 of 655 (permalink) Old 11-19-2011, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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FTS updated on first post!
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Very nice newman.

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post #342 of 655 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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thanks!
that shrimp in the FTS is one of the few top-notch SS grades that I have left.
As a side note, all the shrimp have gained a nice white color to them, so all now appear to be S grades instead of A. looks like the mosura mineral plus is doing some good for them
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Crystals are growing nicely. hopefully ill see them breed soon.
I think my cherries in the cherry cube are growing too...though slowly. I think i lost one of the 6 TFRs that i had, so now i have 5 TFRs left
I moved the platy fry out of the cube today so the shrimp should have slightly more room. they didnt mind the fry though.
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More pics? Haha

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more pics of the bowl? shrimp?
or things in the cherry cube?
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