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The OSBowl - First Bowl (Dry Start)

I have decided that my desk is empty and needed a tank. I have a Betta in a small cube tank but apparently by bringing in the Betta it was a call for a trend in the office, so I'm going to 1-up the stakes!

Sub: CaribSea FloraMax
Rock: Petrified wood from St. George
Flora: Dwarf Sag, Crypt (Wendtii Green or Ludea, not sure), Java Moss, & Ludwigia repens x arcuata

It's all in a 10" bowl from Hobby Lobby and a CFL from Home Depot. I am doing a dry start because I wanted to have some experience with it. I could have very easily just filled it up but I really want to branch out to as much as I can at this point and this is an easy do.

I planted this last week sometime and I haven't really seen any growth yet, but nothing is dead, so I'm not worried. At some point I'm sure I'll start seeing something.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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looking good

40 gallon dirt tank
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Looks good

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Looks great, you may have some issues with the J moss though it doesn't seem that adaptable to emersed conditions like that unless its got 99.9% humidity, but no worries thats easy to get more of.
I think you should add just abit more water and maybe mist regularly with a spray bottle, that seems to help too.
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Good to know about the moss. I'll watch it.
So by accident there is a bit slope in the substrate so water is actually pooled up a bit in the front. I also spray every time I turn on the light and turn it off. I have to turn it on when i come home for lunch and turn it off at night, so there is a good chunk of time there I can mist it, but I try what I can. Maybe I should mist it when I get home from work too? Would that be even more helpful?
There is standing water so I know that can help with the humidity, but I know misting keeps the plants moist.

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OK here's what I would do, put the java moss down at the bottom where the water is it will spread and start to grow up the edges. beyond that you're doing great.
The thing to think about is that the emersed process allows aquatic (ish) plants to get maximum light. b/c the deeper the water column the less light they get, so by growing things emersed you give then maximum light (and of course no algae problems). little by little add more water and voila you've got a aquatic tank.
Oh and of course be careful of direct sun!
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Great advice! The bowl is on the ground behind my desk on the opposite side of the window that only gets a morning sun. Basically no worries there.
I'll move the moss to the ground, could be fun to watch grow anyways.

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I moved the moss down to the puddle of water. I could tell it was starting to burn so hopefully this saves it.

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