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Old 07-01-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default 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


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Old 07-01-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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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.
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stupid question, but what the heck is a 56k warning??? I'm assuming its probably not referring to 5600k light temperature haha.
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stupid question, but what the heck is a 56k warning??? I'm assuming its probably not referring to 5600k light temperature haha.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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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.

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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.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:44 PM   #6
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Really nice. I'll be watching this. I'd like to see how the plants develop. I plant on making something like this.
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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.

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Those are nice, thanks for the post!
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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!

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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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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?
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yeh I tried to collect smaller plants. there were some big ones out there. Think it would grow in a 16" tall tank?
it might outgrow a 16" tall tank. Actually, i'm not sure how well it does completely submerged, as i have only seen it growing marginally in the wild. I've seen some s. latifolia pushing 3 feet tall. I say its worth a try. maybe they will have more delicate different looking leaves if they grow all the way underwater.
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