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Old 02-15-2006, 07:09 PM   #1
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Fish bowl/vase nano


Hi all,

Just curious, but does anyone have pointers on how to set up a successful fish bowl nano? It's shapped like a vase but has a very wide middle, about 8 inches at the widest point. It's also about 11 inches tall. I'd estimate the volume to be a little less than 1 gallon.

As far as live stock, I don't plan on anything more than a few shrimp, most likely amanos, glass or anything hardier than those two.
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:51 PM   #2
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Ok, here's what i reckon is worth investing in to make this thing a success.

First of all, you're gonna' need oxygen for those shrimp so let me suggest this. I have one in my sister's minnow bowl and it keeps everything flowing..

http://cgi.no ebay links allowedco.uk/NEW-SMALL-INTE...QQcmdZViewItem

I know its on a UK Ebay but thats an example of it. Its only about 13 inches high and will ensure life to remain living in your bowl/vase.

Next just get a tiny bit of substrate with a tiny bit of plant fertiliser etc and get a nice root plant to cover this filter up. Something like a hygrophilia polysperma (but even that may be too big). Just a nice tall plant to cover it up. Then stick some glossostigma in the front as a nice carpet plant and a few tiny pebbles here and there.. and voila.. enjoy

Also, i have no idea if it will be hot enough anyway but i think shrimp will need heating.. you might want to look for a mini heater too. I got minnows for my sister because they can cope with slightly slower temps.
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Old 02-16-2006, 05:22 AM   #3
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I really dont think you will need a filter for the tank if you have some plants and do frequent h2o changes every week then the shrimp will be fine. The amano shrimp by what I have seen are good and hardy shrimp thus making them a good candidate for the vase. For the heat it would be best if you record the house temp at night, especially now during the night, but I really dont think you will have a problem. As for plants you need to know what type of light you are going to use first. Im not a total expert so please speak up if you think what i said is wrong or misleading.
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:53 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use a heater or filter. I've had good success with nano tanks and shrimp that way. Check out the link in my signature for all the details.
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:55 PM   #5
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I'd also use red cherry shrimp (if you can get them) instead of amano or glass shrimp for a tank that small. They're very hardy and don't seem to have strict temperature requirements.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:43 PM   #6
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for planting in this tank would he need fluorite or would established Pea gravel work on plants like micro swords? Just like to double check.
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One other thing I should mention, this bowl will be in my office. The daytime temp is usually around 72, but it can drop to 60 or so at night. Any ideas on how I can heat such a small volume of water w/o overheating?

Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2006, 10:52 PM   #8
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One other thing I should mention, this bowl will be in my office. The daytime temp is usually around 72, but it can drop to 60 or so at night. Any ideas on how I can heat such a small volume of water w/o overheating?

Thanks!
For interest, Hydor makes a submersible mini heater (up to 2 gallon tanks), and it can be hidden under gravel. http://www.bigalsonline.ca/catalog/p...tegory_id=4028

However, I agree with the others. Don't worry about the heater. Also, given that you the vase is quite small, it'd be difficult to fit a filter in there, and wouldn't be needed with frequent water changes.

Good luck!
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:01 PM   #9
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For interest, Hydor makes a submersible mini heater (up to 2 gallon tanks), and it can be hidden under gravel. http://www.bigalsonline.ca/catalog/p...tegory_id=4028
I have been working on a 1 gallon fishbowl from a vase I bought at Target. I bought the hydor mini heater and I wouldn't recommend it for such a small volume. It does not have an internal thermostat and in only one gallon, my temps ranged from 78 - 84. I decided to ditch the heater and my temps range from 65-75 and my cherries do just fine.

Have fun and post some pictures!
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:07 PM   #10
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check out this site:
http://www.aquariumfish.com/aquarium...cid=58&search=
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