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post #31 of 68 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 08:10 PM
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Nice bowls! I wanted to do an NPT for mine but was out of soil so it is using some leftover Activ Flora sub I had. It has been a few months now and its a freaking forest. The algae I have is some GSA on the side where it gets some sunlight in the morning but other than that it is stellar. I tested the water for the first time last night, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5 nitrates. Not shabby for zero maintenance. I hardly remember to feed the shrimp, it is self sustaining other than water top offs. Keep us posted with your bowls please.

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You may also want to pick up two female cherry shrimp, one for each bowl. i see a whole lot of males, but no mature females in the bowls that would breed.

also are these bowls less than 1 gallon?
I tried to split the shrimp I got up so I had at least 2 or 3 females and 2 or 3 males in each bowl. I think I only got 6-8 shrimp total. I am wondering if I should get a few more.

No idea how many gallons. They are 10" bubble bowls sold at Micheal's.

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Nice bowls! I wanted to do an NPT for mine but was out of soil so it is using some leftover Activ Flora sub I had. It has been a few months now and its a freaking forest. The algae I have is some GSA on the side where it gets some sunlight in the morning but other than that it is stellar. I tested the water for the first time last night, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5 nitrates. Not shabby for zero maintenance. I hardly remember to feed the shrimp, it is self sustaining other than water top offs. Keep us posted with your bowls please.
Yeh I have only fed the shrimp a few times.
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yes i think you could get a nice bright red female shrimp for each bowl.
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love the emersed growth popping out of there!

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love the emersed growth popping out of there!
thanks, thats the wild collected arrowhead. It's awesome.
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The arrowhead, how much root growth do you have? The one I collected for a small water feature grew a massive root system pretty fast.
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Very cool but not what I was thinking it would look like. I thought that you had pickerelweed. I need to figure out if what you have is native or not. Our pickeralweed at school is blooming right now. Many of our lilies just got done the last week or so. You should swing by and check it out sometime.
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The arrowhead, how much root growth do you have? The one I collected for a small water feature grew a massive root system pretty fast.
Pretty sure the root system covers most of the bottom of the bowl. If I wasn't afraid it would kill it, I would move it to my 40 gallon tank, but it would completely submerge the plant till it grew taller and I don't know how long they can live fully submerged.

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Update

Update this one as well....

Not much going on with these, I very occasionally do a little maintenance to these. Both arrowheads bloomed last month. I collected some new plants for the bowls and ditched some other plants.

Pretty sure I'm down to only 4 RCS total, 2 in each bowl. So I need to get some more.




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Any idea what reduced the RCS population?
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Any idea what reduced the RCS population?
well there were only like 4 in each bowl to begin with.

not really any idea what happened with the others. kinda neglected these, I very rarely put any food in there as there has been algae. If I had to guess, I would guess starvation.
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i'd feed them once a week or something. these bowls sure look great!
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post #45 of 68 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 02:57 AM
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any updates here? i have to say i really like the plant choices for your bowls. I'll be looking into getting some of that arrowhead plant and that dwarf hairgrass you have there for my future plans, so leave some in there for me :P
I like them so much that I'll buy them when the time comes lol.
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