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khima 03-19-2012 06:56 AM

Planted bowl
My first post and my first time with a planted tank.
I found this bowl at T.J.Maxx for like $10 and thought it would perfect used as a tank.

It has 6 cherry shrimp and 3 rasboras.
I have a 5 gallon co2 bottle, deco art filter, 2 LED lamps, and a heater inside the filter.

sc91006 03-19-2012 07:25 AM

I saw these as well in TJ Maxx. There were other sizes and shapes too but I decided not to. I thought the glass was pretty thin and was afraid that I would break it in no time. Anyways glad it worked for you. looking good.

jedimasterben 03-19-2012 01:32 PM

How much water does it hold?

Geniusdudekiran 03-19-2012 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by jedimasterben (Post 1780409)
How much water does it hold?

I have the same one that I use for water changes, around 1 gallon.

To the op: looks great! That HC will look amazing as it fills in!

khima 03-19-2012 07:44 PM

thanks guys.
Now, what advice would anyone have for this tank?

I do weekly water changes with RO water, lights are setup on a 12 hour timer, the filter is only on there for water movement, and I have the diffuser spitting out one stream of micro bubbles.. should i change anything?

pedropete 03-20-2012 04:32 AM

looks super! how long has it been going?

khima 03-20-2012 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by pedropete (Post 1781643)
looks super! how long has it been going?

about 2 months or so

Kworker 03-20-2012 06:12 AM

Its roughly more than 2 gallons.. I filled it while empty to test it out. Took 2 empty Poland spring gal containers and some

inka4041 03-20-2012 06:12 AM

Looks great! I love that you opted to keep the wood free of mosses. Definitely adds a nice contrast to the java fern in the background.

acitydweller 03-23-2012 02:25 AM

I have the same bowl from tj maxx. I've been looking for a filter that would work with a cylinder shaped tank. Do you mind me asking where you found the art deco filter? I came across the azoo palm filter as well but i didnt know if there would be enough clearance on the filter body and intake pipe to mount on the curved edge.

Does the filter sit level or is it tilted?

khima 03-24-2012 06:23 AM

the deco art filter has a plastic level attached to the pump, so after i adjusted it, it fits level. And I bought it at an aquarium store in san jose(dolphin pet village)

khima 04-05-2012 12:31 AM

I found this in my tank yesterday.. what is this creepy little thing? haha
I've found a few more clinging to the glass

CatB 04-07-2012 05:44 AM


Originally Posted by khima (Post 1804918)
I found this in my tank yesterday.. what is this creepy little thing? haha
I've found a few more clinging to the glass

creepy. and self-multiplying!
also, they're cnidarians (like jellyfish), so they have the characteristic stinging cells. find a (shrimp-safe) way (searching the forum should do it) to get rid of them before you get shrimp, if you haven't already- i think people have had problems with them stinging/killing/eating shrimps (or at least babies).

iRun 04-20-2012 04:24 AM

First, beautiful bowl. What substrate(s) are you using? Any pros/cons about the substrate you selected?

FisheriesOmen 04-20-2012 04:32 AM

looks great so far! and ya you wanna get rid of those Hydras cause they have massive DPS (sc2 nerd reference FTW). Your HC looks so much cleaner/neater thanmine....kinda just let it all go to hell hahaha.

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