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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Post Bowl Attempt:)

Goodness I feel as though I'm diving in head first to the planted thing! But I have extra plants that need a place to call their own.

~Bowl: just standard "goldfish" bowl
~Flora: HC, Bacopa monnieri, Micro Red Chain Sword, Anubais afzelii, Rotala rutundifolia, and java moss.
~Fauna: Ghost Shrimp? Betta?
~No filter, No Heater, can have air stone
~Dirt with either sand or gravel cap
~Light: 27w desk lamp 6500K







I'm hoping to make this emersed for a while then submerge it later.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Substrate questions!

So I know that emersed set ups are different than submersed set ups, are soils different too? I've read that using regular miracle grow is better than organic. Is this true? Which one should I use?

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I'm about to start this thing up. Which should I use sand or gravel? I'm thinking sand would probably be the best because I'm going to be having HC in there. But what's you opinion?

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I personally just used black aquarium gravel at petco and ihave hc and it works great it's not large gravel peices but not as light and easy to blow away as sand(and less likely to compact). Good luck!
And I used organic potting soil never heard someone recommend normal over organic before....

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Ok, well I'm using the organic kind. I think that I'm going to do a light mix of the two. I'm about to get started! Posting pictures when done!

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Here's a picture with all of the gravel and sand and dirt in, sorry for the bad quality taken with iPod.
I'm going to do an emersed tank with this for about a month or two then see where that gets me!

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looks like oatmeal puke but im sure your plants will love it.
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I guess that it does I hope that they'll enjoy it and all of it's moisture-y goodness and grow nice and big for me

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I think you should've gone with black gravel but just a personal opinion.

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I would, but I don't have any... But my 8g tank will have black gravel or black eco-complete. Hopefully I'll post pictures soon after I finish planting the bowl!

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I like it! I am doing black sand with mine. But this looks nice.

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Ok, here it is!

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I'm a bit scared about doing it emersed but I guess that I can only gain knowledge on this one way: experience!

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do you have the top covered? the plants are in submerged growth form, and will need high humidity while they convert.
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Yeah I had it covered. Just didn't take a picture. Although the plants didn't seem to like it an shriveled up. I sprayed the container very well (everything was very moist) and now I'm just going to do a submersed bowl. I'll try a emersed setup some othertime

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Ok, added water and a few more plants
Here are some pictures!


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