Aw thank you. I'm having so many issues with that bowl. none of the plans will grow higher than 4 inches!!!
I got it at home goods. Most of their glassware is at least 3 gallons. And they get real interesting stuff in. For the same price as those expensive 1 gallon bowls you see everywhere.
I wanted something for the corner of the counter in my bathroom and this is just perfect. I was thinking of housing a few blue pearls in it.
I didn't know theres a .9 bigger one though. I might look into that.
what the larger one looks like. They look pretty nice. Be warned, only the Zen and the Contemporary themes are the 0.9g. The other 2 are misadvertised (learned the hard way).
Blue pearl shrimp would look really good in that. You could probably grow moss and keep a java fern or anubias nana as the center piece (or a red plastic plant!).
I think your plants aren't growing in the bowl because there's low-no nutrients (read you're only using sand substrate). I like to use at least a 0.5" of dirt at the bottom of my substrate and top with sand/gravel, makes things very easy. Probably won't have to fertilize till year 1-2+.
You could pull it all out to add dirt, or just buy some osmocote capsules and stick them in the sand. I wouldn't go the liquid fertilizer route with sand, hard for them to get into the substrate from the water column, unless you have an army of malaysian trumpet snails.