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Old 01-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #76
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Davrx and Mobert, how thick is the glass on those bowls? do you think either one of them will hold up to an accidental bump or two?
Are both of them from West Elm?
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Looking forward to pics of the ecosphere with the new swarm inside! I (hint, hint!)

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Davrx and Mobert, how thick is the glass on those bowls? do you think either one of them will hold up to an accidental bump or two?
Are both of them from West Elm?
Mine is the large one from West Elm (there's a link in one of my posts) but I can't speak for Mobert. It's thin glass, if it falls off onto a hard surface you can rest assured that it will explode all over the floor. Mine is pretty heavy and I don't think you could knock it over unintentionally. You'd have to hit it pretty hard to make it fall over. You could probably pull it off a table or desk if you walked by with a coat or something and snagged it by accident. If you have little kids I guess they could grasp the thin base and possibly pull it onto themselves but it's heavy enough that I think they'd have to be falling backward as they grasped it.
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I'll wait for a sunny day to take some photos. Right now there's a bunch of them hanging out on one of the rocks.
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Davrx and Mobert, how thick is the glass on those bowls? do you think either one of them will hold up to an accidental bump or two?
Are both of them from West Elm?
Mine is 5/16" inch thick at the opening. It is really optically very nice with no waves or distortions in the glass. I got mine from e Bay from glassvasews and it is the "Bubble Bowl Glass Vases 12" Body Diameter glass fish bowl glass Terrarium" It is pretty solid and heavy. Definitely more solid than most small store bought aquariums. They have different sizes. I think up to 16". I got an acrylic circle from Tap Plastics and glued some plastic pieces on it to make a lid for my bowl. There is a 1/4" gap between the side of the lid and top edge of the bowl and I fill the water right up to the lid bottom so you can view from the top down. Very little evaporation but I only have 7 shrimp so I have no trouble with shrimp having enough oxygen. My son has one that is in a really cool Tequila bottle with three shrimps. They have not been fed since September and are doing well. He just opens the top once in awhile and makes sure it has just enough light. It is very durable.









Bubble Bowl Glass Vases (1pc) 12" Body Diameter Glass Fish Bowl Plant Terrarium

My college kid's bottle was made with this bottle with a little sand in the bottom:

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O.K. here you go, just took these:





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Mine seem to like hanging out on that one rock and interestingly (to me anyway) my wife's shrimp like to hang out on the cord going to the heater. The cord is covered with them.
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Thanks for the replies. I think the bowl that Davrx is using would be a bit risky for a classroom, a little too fragile.
The one you have Mobert, looks perfect. I'll have to check those ones out. That tequila bottle looks awesome. Is that sculpture hollow in the center of the bottle?
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The one you have Mobert, looks perfect. I'll have to check those ones out. That tequila bottle looks awesome. Is that sculpture hollow in the center of the bottle?
Yes, it is hollow and perfect if kids don't pick it up and shake it. My son does open the top every so often just to give the shrimp fresh air. The advantage of the globes though, is they have a magnifying effect and the shrimps racing around on the opposite wall are gigantic.

Thanks Davrx for posting the pics. Makes me want a few more shrimps.
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Love the new "community" David! It is curious how the opae ula tend to congregate at certain meeting places. (That is a cool rock, too, with lots of places to investigate.)

Mobert: I'm thinking there's always room for at least one more opae: like good popcorn, one can never have enough!
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Beautiful! Loving the whole look, David!

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I live this set up deff want to do something like this!
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Thanks, I appreciate that from someone like yourself who is a successful breeder of Opaes.
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