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06-19-2012 01:54 AM
LucyLoofa If you use the fabric on the actual window behind the blinds you'll reduce the total light coming in by a fraction. This should help just a tiny bit. Mainly I've seen this done for plants like violets that are sensitive to too much sun. That way you don't have to mar the bowl at all. Just a suggestion, though. lol
06-19-2012 01:05 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by LucyLoofa View Post
Look for a thin translucent fabric. Like something a little sheer. It would still let quite a bit of light in, but not too much. I've seen people do this for regular houseplants and it works quite well. Your window is facing west isn't it? Maybe north?

The auto parts store near me sells paint on window tint. I figured that might be a nice way to reduce light without obstructing the tank.
I had never thought of sheer fabric. But I've also never heard of people doing this for house plants lol..

My window faces South..ish...
South East?
Somewhere in that range lol...

My west facing window get very much light... Or maybe it does... We have the blinds down 24/7 on it. So it might actually be sunny and we just don't wanna deal with the heat.
06-18-2012 11:19 PM
LucyLoofa Look for a thin translucent fabric. Like something a little sheer. It would still let quite a bit of light in, but not too much. I've seen people do this for regular houseplants and it works quite well. Your window is facing west isn't it? Maybe north?
06-18-2012 10:22 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
I want to do something like this in my college dorm
do you dose anything? and do you find that you can get enough light to grow your plants by just sitting it on a windowsill?
Nope... No dosing... I did excel for a while but i decided to stop.
I've discovered I'm really more low a low tech tank sort of person.
My equipment includes filters heaters and lights.
Thats it lol...

This particular tank has MGOPS mixed with a small pack of laterite from Petsmart.

And ts doing a wonderful job.

I have more than enough light on this window sill.
I give these setups out as gifts so I can tell you that a window sill that gets nothing but brightish indirect light is enough to grow plants.

This setups main flaw in my lighting lol.
In winter this thing gets around 5 hours of direct sunlight.
In summer around 1 or 2 hours.

My tree fills in and block alot of the light.
In summer its real easy to keep this thing balanced but in winter not so much.


Which is why I'm looking for something to keep a large portion of light off the back.
06-18-2012 10:14 PM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by LucyLoofa View Post
How have things been going? Any luck?
Well aside from the massive sting of plant die off due to algae everything is great.
Still debating on what to do with the back. Not sure if I would paint it or add on window tint of what.
But I've been shoving all my plant clippings in there. The green water is gone.
The algae is gone.
And the rotala is making a comeback.


Right now I'm looking into what I might want to do with it.
My betta doesnt seem to care less whats going on as long as i keep feeding him so I'm in no rush.
06-18-2012 03:52 AM
HybridHerp I want to do something like this in my college dorm
do you dose anything? and do you find that you can get enough light to grow your plants by just sitting it on a windowsill?
06-18-2012 02:56 AM
LucyLoofa How have things been going? Any luck?
04-14-2012 08:09 AM
Eldachleich Oh gosh lol...
No... No I didn't lol...
After the initial algae attack, some plants died due to lack of light and whatnot.
And that allowed more light in. So a stronger bout came in. More plants died. More algae thrived.
It was a cycle...
In the end I didn't have enough plantmass to out compete the algae. And thats what this bowl depends on. Plant mass, to create shade and stave off the algae.
Honestly I am going to redo it.
I am currently on the hunt for some driftwood, and more plants. I also need to look into window tint.
My plan is to go for a different scape, change out the sand to black. The white breeds algae.
I want to tint the back of the bowl to block alot of the light.
I know that even if I painted it black the bowl would still have more than enough light. So there is that.
And finally I want to create a jungle of plants. A huge amount of plants stuffed inside...
The decorations are gonna be placed in such a way to block a maximum amount of sun.
So.. there is that... lol...
But all that costs money and is a little ways off. Right now I've placed some pots of tulips in front of it.
That was about a week ago and the green water has died. Also some of the algae, but not all.
Seems to be working.. lol..
It might be like... a month or two before I get to it.
04-13-2012 01:08 AM
Disher Any updates? Did you win the algae battle?
03-05-2012 04:30 AM
Eldachleich Well heres the deal. This tank is a delicate balancing act.
The sun sees sure to that. The addition of Excel melted my vals which turned to mush which turned into this algae that covered everything..
I've been slowly trying to beat it back...
I know that for sure the addition of some form of current however mild, would great help me. I considered alot of options and the least invasive to do this was to add an airstone.
And then my brain said might as well add in a sponge filter. And yadda yadda yadda. It goes on and on.
So this bowl is going form low tech to more low maintenance..
I'm redoing the scape sometime soon. Looking for more plant options... Theres too much GSA that my one nerite can't keep up. I could pull this thing out of the sun and solve all my problems. But my entire family just loves it there.
I'm gonna go buy a nerite or two from my LFS..
Perhaps use black sand on top instead of white.. Not sure if that will help..
Might incorporate some wood.
Hope its gonna be done by tomorrow..
02-21-2012 07:58 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by Bombalurina View Post
76 and below is pretty chilly for a betta. The summer temperature sounds lovely, but in winter it sounds like it's on the cold side.
That said, I desperately want a bowl, now. :p
This bowl was like.... $15?
Something like that...
Everything else was much more lol..
How funny. I was trying to figure out how to cool it down in summer.
He is much happier and more active in cooler temps....
02-18-2012 08:55 PM
Bombalurina
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Originally Posted by Eldachleich View Post
Thank you!!
I don't have a heater. Its in the most stable part of the house and sits on top of a hot water line.
It also doesnt get that cold here.
All those add up to a bowl that never falls below 74. Normally its closer to 76. In the summer the water is around 80.
76 and below is pretty chilly for a betta. The summer temperature sounds lovely, but in winter it sounds like it's on the cold side.
That said, I desperately want a bowl, now. :p
02-18-2012 08:31 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by limeslide View Post
wow, very pretty.
Thank you!!
This tank looks different now.
I should post an update.
Not yet though.
I have alot more to do...
02-18-2012 08:29 AM
Eldachleich
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Originally Posted by Bombalurina View Post
It looks absolutely beautiful. How do you heat it/keep the temperature stable, though? It must be hard to stick a heater into a bowl that shape.
Thank you!!
I don't have a heater. Its in the most stable part of the house and sits on top of a hot water line.
It also doesnt get that cold here.
All those add up to a bowl that never falls below 74. Normally its closer to 76. In the summer the water is around 80.
02-18-2012 02:15 AM
limeslide wow, very pretty.
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