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12-30-2013 12:36 AM
OVT LOL @ "fish tank"

I found another use for Solar Flare: I have a red one mounted behind a tank pointing up against the wall. Makes for a cool highlight.

12-30-2013 12:28 AM
NanoDave I'm a big fan of the Deep Blue Solar Flare lights, heres a few pics of the two tanks I use them on. Had pretty good success growing low-medium light plants.

12-29-2013 11:31 PM
Disher You should do it! They are a lot of fun to setup and very little maintenance.

I added a new light to this bowl. I wanted to give the deep blue solar flare a try and finally ditch the cfl. What do you think?

The light is concentrated on just the bowl so there's no annoying ambient light.
12-29-2013 07:28 AM
NanoDave Looking good, definitely inspiring for me to do another bowl but with shrimp this time around.
12-26-2013 11:30 PM
Disher Why did you take them all down? I don't know if I could ever get myself to take this down lol

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12-26-2013 06:35 PM
NYCaqua This reminds me of the times when i had about 15 bowls on a mantle with nothing but aquatic plants in them. CF bulbs and just slight fertz. Wish i had taken a picture before i took them all down.
12-26-2013 06:33 PM
Disher UPDATE!


Close up of the soil layer. I used a good 2-3"

Top view

Dwarf sag being limited to the edges

One of the two rcs in this tank

I do a water change every once in a set schedule. I will dose a dropper full of excel and iron on occasions when I remember lol there's nothing routine about this bowl I love it.

Only three types of plants: dwarf sag, crypts(not sure which species), and a lone lily bulb. The crypts have absolutely dominated and grow like crazy... They love the deep soil bed.
01-11-2013 06:30 AM
Originally Posted by Wicket_lfe View Post
Just getting started, keeping it simple. I have a dwarf lily and some blue pearls

What kind of substrate is this?
01-10-2013 01:37 AM
tex627 Wow, looks full of life. The cherry shrimp look great!
01-09-2013 11:03 PM
Newman yes i see the PFR. nice red shrimp. looks like the majority of those small white specs that people see in their tanks/bowls are ostracods (seed shrimp).
if you watch the video in my bowl thread you can see that there is a constant flow of ostracods in my bowl lmao!
01-09-2013 10:22 PM
Disher They are definitely seed shrimp. Now that I know they are safe for shrimp I enjoy them more than ever. Really interesting creatures and are a great part of my clean up crew. They immediately devour any decaying plant leaves.

Here's an update of my shrimp colony, I had two PFRs and mixed them with cherries from a member on here (can't remember his name right now, but thanks). Please chime in!

12-08-2012 01:26 AM
Disher Newman- I'll take a closer look at them on Monday under a microscope. They swim around a lot so based on their motility it leads me to believe they are mites. Thanks for the ID.

Planted bowls are so easy. I'd suggest capped organic potting soil for your substrate. It works great!
12-07-2012 03:12 AM
LyzzaRyzz Great bowl! I think I'm gonna start one soon!!
12-07-2012 03:03 AM
Newman look at them under a standard scope. use a depression slide if possible. you should be able to see tiny thin legs moving around on the anterior portion of the bubble-like body.

this pics you posted look like ostracods. but that's only because i can't see any legs. if the legs are there, its a water mite. ostracods also do not move around really fast and erratically like water mites do.
12-07-2012 01:29 AM
Disher Here's a pic through the lens of a dissecting microscope.

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