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cool shrimp bowl?

I'm on the hunt for this bowl. What do you think ?
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if thats 1 gal or less, then no good. basically the display area is too small at that size. consider that you have to fill up that small bulge in the middle partly with soil and sand, it will leave next to no room for plants. if that vase was very big and say 5 gals or more, then yes it would make of a nice display. but even then the extremely curved glass will distort the plants and scape so badly that you will not like the results. especially if you use taller plants. only shorter plants would fit the view that vase gives.
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That's called an apothecary jar, so if you do decide to hunt for them you can google that. I agree that I'm not sure how well it will work but I love those jars and they do come in many different shapes and sizes. So you might find one that works. If you do it, please post pics!
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how would you add some sort of filtration to it?

and what do you plan on putting in it?
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I was thinking shrimp but I see the points and agree. Thank you
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I was thinking shrimp but I see the points and agree. Thank you

"shrimp" isnt enough. you could probably do a few cherries in there pretty easy. they are pretty hardy. you might be able to fit a small nano HOB filter, but hard to tell how big the bowl really is.
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If you do an NPT bowl, then you wouldn't need a filter, but you might want some aeration.
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Cherry shrimp can thrive in smaller, un-filtered planted vases, including those under 1g.

You can even skip having a substrate if you go with plants mounted on driftwood--with the low bioload there's enough surface on the wood and plants for beneficial bacteria to grow, though I generally include at least a thin layer of substrate even if I'm not planning to have anything rooted.
Depending on the design of the vase, the distortion can actually work in your favor, magnifying the contents making the shrimp even easier to see, at least if you line 'em up at the right angle.

Plants can be problematic, but I've found that even plants like hygro 'sunset' will grow slowly and stay small longer in these small planted vases with minimal fertilization and low-medium light levels.

I've got cherries breeding successfully in no-tech (no filter, no heater) planted tanks/vases at 3g, 2.5g, 1g, and .75g as well as same-sex groups of cherries in .5 and .3g bowls. All have been up and running for 6-12 months.
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This is nice to hear. I'm setting up a .5g with moss as a gift for my girlfriend.

I'm putting filtration in mine, but I'll probably put 5 males or 5 females in.

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I've had cherries breed in a .5 gallon bowl with no filtration, just lots of plants. The babies seem to be growing pretty fast too...or it's just the distortion from the bowl, lol. Everyone looks healthy and happy
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I ended up grabbing 2 vases instead. Fingers crossed I can pull this off
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check hobby lobby they put their glass stuff on sale about every other week and they have some cool jars that would make good shrimp bowls
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Thrift stores often turn up great candidate for planted vases, as does Target (check the candle holder section).
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Micahel's caries those.
They would work fine with a shallow substrate, slow growing short plants and moss. Maybe add some interesting rocks or small driftwood.
I'm not sure about keeping the lid on there all the time, but with a decent plant mass and a small RCS population, I think you would do fine.
I've kept a couple male Endlers and several cherries in one of those cube vases. Just plant it well and monitor parameters so you get a feel for it's stability and how frequently water changes are required. Be sure to not over feed.
Rigid tubing and airline make great siphons for containers this size.
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I like the bowl.

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