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FisheriesOmen 01-19-2012 09:42 PM

The Shrimp bowl omen ~~Moss Bowl~~
I think I've druled over enough amazing shrimp bowls to start one of my own. These Are the things I'm gonna get:

-12" dia. Glass bowl
-Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil
-White play sand
-9watt 5000k bulb
(already have lamp)

Plants (none of these are final. If you have better ideas for plants or if some won't work with others please let me know):

-Java moss(will be attached to driftwood)
-Amazon Sword(I don't know of anything else please let me know what others will work as sort of a foreground plant).

All of these have a possibility of being swapped for a different plant. Especially the stem and rossette plants. I will edit this when I add stuff. (including a pic. Of the spot and the lamp).

Greedy 01-19-2012 10:09 PM

nice game plan, thatll be a large bowl but i dont think the amazon sword will work out they get huge. I would think the dhg would be the foreground plant? cryptos or larger java ferns maybe instead of the sword? Cant wait to see the flix when you get it going.

VeeSe 01-19-2012 10:32 PM

Amazon swords grow to be more than 2 feet tall and a couple feet wide... don't think that will fit in your bowl unless you plan on a 40G bowl or something. How about one bunch of blyxa japonica as the background? For the foreground.... could be some staurogyne repens or could do DHG 'belem' or HC or marsilea minuta... just some ideas. I'm about to start a shrimp bowl as well and will piggyback on your thread for ideas!

For floaters, you might want to consider red root floaters, frogbit, or mini water lettuce. Duckweed is also a consideration but can get messy.

HolyAngel 01-19-2012 10:40 PM

what they said..

the only thing i can think of is that white sand may make your shrimp not color up very well, they usually get darker/brighter colors on dark substrate as they try to blend in, on white substrate they would do the opposite.. may not make much of a difference though to care. just a thought ^^

FisheriesOmen 01-19-2012 11:59 PM

Thanks for the info everyone I probably will go for something darker cause I dont want the tank to seem too light anyways. I will be posting pics In about an hour. Also I didn't think they got that big o.o maybe im thinking of a dwarf species?

VeeSe we are learning this together :P But I will try to not screw up to save you trouble in the long run :)

Also i'll probably be buying plants in the swap n shop section cause one LFS Near me is un-reliable and the other specializes in Marine only(which normally benefits me :P). Everyone on this forum seems trustworthy and reliable, so I'm sure their plants will be much higher quality and a lot more cared for :):angel:

FisheriesOmen 01-20-2012 01:51 AM

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Man i got to work on uploading pics now (turns out i can upload it instead of trying to find the dang URL whew) :P but after an hour or so of struggle here it is. The glass box is were my shrimp bowl will be. I think i might also use that glass box some day just for growing and propagating plants. Oh well we'll see. :)

calebkraft 01-20-2012 02:01 AM

try uploading to

the picture you tried to post is on your local hard drive. Unfortunately this forum doesn't really work like that. If you put your picture on then copy/paste the address in the same place you did before, it will work. send me a PM if you need better directions.

FisheriesOmen 01-20-2012 02:02 AM


Originally Posted by calebkraft (Post 1683684)
try uploading to

the picture you tried to post is on your local hard drive. Unfortunately this forum doesn't really work like that. If you put your picture on then copy/paste the address in the same place you did before, it will work. send me a PM if you need better directions.

i figured it out i just uploaded it (didn't see the button to do that). but thanks for the help :)

FisheriesOmen 01-20-2012 02:30 AM

K. Based on the Info people gave here is my new plan for the plants

-blyxa japonica
-staurogyne repens
-DHG (belem or regular i don't know the difference)
-red floaters
-java moss

is this too much?

Newman 01-20-2012 05:35 PM

sounds like a bit too many.
i would do this:

red floaters
moss on DW

basically i just dropped the two plants that would serve the same function of being the foreground. (you might choose the background to be planted in the middle of the bowl and then the foreground be around that main plant)
you can easily interchange the three: DHG, HC, and staurogyne.
in fact this might be interesting:
Blyxa background
DHG midground with the DW+moss
HC at the very front of the bowl, in front of the DHG.

xenxes 01-20-2012 05:39 PM

I thought the title said "shrimp bowl ramen" at first:tongue:

FisheriesOmen 01-20-2012 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by xenxes (Post 1684442)
I thought the title said "shrimp bowl ramen" at first:tongue:

Lol no. I'm not gonna make shrimp noodles. That'll be cruel ....but tasty:flick:

Thanks for letting me know newman. I thought it was too much as well so I think I'll go with your last idea. The hardest part is where to get some driftwood

FisheriesOmen 01-21-2012 01:07 AM

newman were exactly would the backround be? lol its so confusing on a rounded glass bowl like this.

Newman 01-21-2012 02:42 AM

it depends on what you want to do. you can treat it like a normal tank and make one side (choose a back side) and plant only tall plants there to to make that your background. or you can try to make a 3-D bowl and plant the tallest/background plants in the center. then plant the rest of the plants - shorter ones, around the tall ones, in a circular pattern to conform to a circular bowl... get what i am saying?

FisheriesOmen 01-21-2012 03:29 AM

yep thats what i was thinking exactly you got me confused cause i think you said the foreground would go in mid. But i figured it out now thanks :) and if your selling moss i might be interested. I'm buying the stuff i need for the bowl tomorrow (hopefully). wait...maybe i should hold off on moss till after i do a dry start. I'm guessing dry start is more for rooted plants.:icon_redf

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