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vincenz 05-28-2012 08:28 PM

Three Worlds-- 4g triple sphere
Hello nano tankers, here is my shrimp bowl recently set up. Some may remember it from a previous setup, but it's now under new ownership. :fish:

4g triple sphere bowl

Filtration/circulation-- Red Sea Nano HOB
Heating-- none
Lighting-- 23W CFL @ 6500K

No dosing
No CO2

5 lbs sand
Malaysian driftwood

Kingdom Plantae
Aegagropila linnaei, Fontinalis antipyretica, Hydrocotyle leucocephala

Kingdom Animalia
Neocaridina heteropoda "Sakura"

The bowl is made of a single piece of glass and holds about 4 gallons in total. The lighting stays on for 12 hours a day. There is no heater as the light heats up the water enough, but I will keep an eye on the temperature during the colder seasons.

The main world has a piece of driftwood and a handful of willow moss. Moon #1 has a single Marimo ball and Moon #2 has some Brazilian Pennywort.

The RCS run all around the bowl, in and out of the tunnels into the smaller spheres however they please.

All in all, it's a very simple and enjoyable setup and is more of a side project from my main tank.
World Main
Moon #1
Moon #2
In orbit
Into the airlock...

jacketherington 05-28-2012 09:18 PM

I love that. Where did you find that bowl?

vincenz 05-28-2012 09:29 PM

Thanks, I got it from a forum member here. It was made by a glass-blower originally.

aweeby 05-28-2012 09:39 PM

ooh so that's where it went. Nice setup, and good job at hiding the equipment. Are you planning to mod that HOB? It looks like it's barely hanging on, but to be fair, I did miss it the first time over.

vincenz 05-28-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks, I probably won't mod it, no. It's hanging on the back and it's pretty sturdy, though it's running on an angle. You can't see it, but there's a groove in the lip of the glass back there that's a perfect fit for the HOB. There was custom plumbing that came with the bowl(s), but in my opinion, it took away from the look. I'd rather have something on top than pipes running all around the bowl. I'm not too concerned about the water in the smaller spheres. If it gets bad, I might have to use a small canister + the pipes, but it should be fine if I'm careful. And there's nothing a water change can't fix!

Koi Kameon 05-29-2012 07:42 AM

Simple is good, sometimes the best.

picotank 05-29-2012 12:04 PM

I bet that it's hard to keep the glass clean in the outer moons...........
Looks great!

vincenz 05-29-2012 11:57 PM

Thanks, cleaning the outer spheres isn't bad at all. I got one of these guys:

It fits perfectly through the tunnels with just the slightest wiggle room, so I got lucky. :)

150EH 05-30-2012 03:26 AM

It's lives again, so far it looks good and simple is the way to approach this tank, I know it has to be too much fun learning to work in this thing, it will be very interesting to see the progression, good luck.

It's definitely a great conversation piece.

A Hill 05-30-2012 08:28 PM

It looks great, I really like the overall composition with the light as well!

I'm glad to see it is still alive as well.


fairgate 05-30-2012 09:35 PM

Weird, cool but weird. :-)

idleivey 05-30-2012 10:01 PM

Looks awesome! Go dirt and dump the HOB?

GMYukonon24s 05-30-2012 10:04 PM

Nice setup and shrimp

Aquatic Delight 05-30-2012 10:09 PM

That's way cool man. How long has it been up and running?

vincenz 05-31-2012 01:34 PM

Thanks, thanks.

I'm staying away from dirt because in a small space like this, once something goes wrong, I'd have to dump everything out and start over. Going for low maintenance also, so I don't have any plants that need trimming anytime soon and would be unable to use the benefits of dirt.

It's been up for about a week and I've lost 1 shrimp during the first 24 hours because of an ammonia spike. Things are stabling now though so all's good.

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