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idleivey 05-30-2012 07:42 PM

1 gallon bowl (update 7/14)

1 gallon bowl
Light: 13w 6700k CFL
Substrate: 1" potting soil w/ .5" sand cap

Chain Sword
Flame Moss
Tiger Lotus

7x CRS
1x Clown Killie

The lotus in the back is not doing great, I'm not really getting any growth out of it. I might add a root tab and see if that helps. Everything else is doing fine.

fairgate 05-31-2012 08:33 PM

Looks great, I've gotta get me one of these bowls!

idleivey 06-01-2012 02:18 PM

Thanks! I'm suprised how well it has worked. The wife was convinced I was going to end up with a bowl full of algae and dead shrimp.

I'm working on putting together a couple more to place around the house.

Quentin 06-02-2012 04:07 AM


GMYukonon24s 06-02-2012 02:03 PM

Awesome looking bowl great job!

Newman 06-04-2012 04:57 AM

amazing stuff! it looks freshly planted, or really neat. one of the two lol. how long has this been growing?

idleivey 06-04-2012 06:22 PM

Thanks! The tank has been going for little over 6 weeks. Everything but the lotus is doing really well.

idleivey 06-20-2012 05:33 PM

So I took it home to feed the fry but I ended up losing her the other day. Two of my RCS are berried so hopefully babies soon. I've got a 3k PAR16 on it. I don't love the color but grown seems decent. I really need a PAR meter...

GMYukonon24s 06-22-2012 02:31 AM

Nice job on the bowl!

idleivey 07-14-2012 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 1912081)
Nice job on the bowl!


I pulled the PAR16 (it was an algae machine) and replaced it with a 6500k 3watt 3xLED bulb. As you can see optics on the bulb suck but I'm getting good growth so...

liam2317 12-09-2012 04:05 AM

I'm thinking about starting a small 1.5g planted tank but am wondering about what lighting to use, I would like to use LEDs. When you say you're using a "6500k 3watt 3xLED bulb" do you mean it has three 3watt LEDs or does it have three 1watt LEDs? Any updates on how this tank is doing with your LED setup?


roncruiser 12-09-2012 10:04 PM

I'm interested too. I just started a 2.5 gallon myself. Update?

Newman 12-09-2012 11:28 PM

those are pygmy chain swords? they really look more like microsword...

idleivey 01-05-2013 08:25 PM

Unfortunately this tank was torn down and the shrimp were moved into another 1 gallon (I need to get an updated picture). I put a PAR 20 led on the tank for a week or so and it was way to much light which caused a thread algae breakout.

So as far as lighting I'm using a really cheap LED E27 that I bought on It is a 3x1watt bulb. I get pretty decent growth on my current tank, typical it gets trimmed once or twice a month.

I've also used a 9watt CFL which works well for a tank this size. If you can find a PAR 20 in 5000k and can pull the light away from the tank that would look nice

not sure about the sword, I thought it was chain but its been a while.

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