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kamikazi 07-01-2011 08:00 PM

Walstad Shrimp bowls (56K) Updated 12/7/12
 
I set up two 10" bowls using Dianna Walstad's method I followed this document http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/00388Shrimp.pdf

I got the bowls from Micheal's they had the best price when compared to AC Moore and Hobby Lobby.

I used left over Organic Choice Potting Mix and Pool Filter sand from setting up my 40 gallon tank.

Specs:
2 10" fish bowls (bubble bowl)
Lighting is sunlight from a western facing window, so they get strong afternoon and evening sun.
Organic Choice Potting mix with sand on top per Walstad's directions

Hard Scape:
Driftwood for java fern

Inhabitants:
Kribensis fry, some snails, and maybe a few red cherry shrimp

Plants:
native collected arrowhead
Water Wisteria
Duckweed
Salvania
Alternanthera
collected ludwigia
dwarf hair grass
dwarf 4 leaf clover
blyxa
java fern
I'm looking for other plants to try and will replace any of these that don't work out.

They have been setup for about about a year and a half.

As of December 2012
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-36-54_260.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-36-44_653.jpg
Initial Setup
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-26-21_102.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-26-31_573.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-25-54_249.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-25-05_445.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...-25-16_874.jpg

bigboij 07-01-2011 08:13 PM

very cool love the way it looks very natural.

now im not familiar with the walstad method, but what kind of flitration do these use, ive wanted to do a bowl for the office at work, it looks like WC's is the only way to filter/clean a bowl, unless i went sponge filter.

Ryan10517 07-01-2011 08:18 PM

stupid question, but what the heck is a 56k warning??? I'm assuming its probably not referring to 5600k light temperature haha.

antbug 07-01-2011 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryan10517 (Post 1434369)
stupid question, but what the heck is a 56k warning??? I'm assuming its probably not referring to 5600k light temperature haha.

How old are you? :biggrin:

kamikazi 07-01-2011 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigboij (Post 1434362)
very cool love the way it looks very natural.

now im not familiar with the walstad method, but what kind of flitration do these use, ive wanted to do a bowl for the office at work, it looks like WC's is the only way to filter/clean a bowl, unless i went sponge filter.

If you read the document I linked she explains the whole filtration or in this case lack there of. The plants do the job of filtering the water of ammonia and the like. I ahve only done two small water changes since setting these up (about .5 to 1 quart of water) mainly I did this to catch some of the dirt flakes that floated up and to skim the top of film. I noticed last night that it had been over a week since the last time I messed with them and there was no film so I was pleased.

I still have to treat the water for chlorine before adding any, especially with my plans of keeping shrimp. The idea is to do very few water changes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryan10517 (Post 1434369)
stupid question, but what the heck is a 56k warning??? I'm assuming its probably not referring to 5600k light temperature haha.

not a stupid question, its a warning the site asks poster to put on threads with lots of pictures to warn those who may have slow internet. and as I plan on having alot of pictures in this thread I went ahead and put a warning in the title.

alex009 07-01-2011 08:44 PM

Really nice. I'll be watching this. I'd like to see how the plants develop. I plant on making something like this.

ncharlie 07-01-2011 08:58 PM

56K Warning?!??!

Who the hell still has dial-up?!

I too was wondering that this means . ..

Why not 14.4 or 28.8 warning?

Jesus, I have been on super fast internet since 2005.

:D

xmas_one 07-01-2011 09:13 PM

Those are nice, thanks for the post!

Leah 07-02-2011 02:58 AM

I love the bowls! Can't wait to see how they do with the shrimp.

I have thought of doing something like that for my kitchen table--there are skylights so it would get some natural light. I put a terrestrial plant there for now and I'll see how it does. I know you're not using it much, but how many watts is your light?

Oh, and I do know somebody with dialup. I have to be very careful about the size of the e-mails I send him!

Leah

kamikazi 07-02-2011 03:31 AM

Thanks for the compliments. Charlie, its surprising people still have dial up but its forum rules to put it so I did.

Leah, I just looked at the watts, it is 15 Watts.

Ryan10517 07-02-2011 06:27 AM

ohhhhhh 56k as in dial up internet... i feel pretty stupid haha. Ya we've been on high speed for like 5 years lol. and i'll be 18 in august, so i'm thinkin a lot of you people have a few years on me :P

kamikazi 07-03-2011 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryan10517 (Post 1434814)
ohhhhhh 56k as in dial up internet... i feel pretty stupid haha. Ya we've been on high speed for like 5 years lol. and i'll be 18 in august, so i'm thinkin a lot of you people have a few years on me :P

yeh i'd imagine alot of the younger generations will not know what 56K is or even ever heard of dial up for that matter. I have almost 11 years on you.

Ryan10517 07-03-2011 05:07 AM

Geez! an old geezer eh? hahaha im just kidding. Cool bowls by the way. That sagittaria latifolia is definitely a cool plant. It gets big though!

kamikazi 07-04-2011 02:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryan10517 (Post 1435466)
Geez! an old geezer eh? hahaha im just kidding. Cool bowls by the way. That sagittaria latifolia is definitely a cool plant. It gets big though!

yeh I tried to collect smaller plants. there were some big ones out there. Think it would grow in a 16" tall tank?

kamikazi 07-12-2011 12:42 AM

before leaving for the week of the 4th the bowls looked great. got back yesterday to be welcomed by a huge out break of green hair algae and snails. Today I turkey basted most of the algae and as many snails as I could find.

On the plus side the 4th leaf clover is sending runners and growing in new locations. The larger of the arrowheads seems to have sent out runners that are sprouting new plants. I say "seems to have" because I'm still not sure 100 percent sure if its the arrowead or the other collected plant in the bowl.


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