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Old 10-18-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Update 12 year old planted bog sphere


5 gallons water, sometimes half a gallon if I let it evap and the fish live in half an inch of water for two months



Simulates wet and dry seasons. Unheated, the cool season is coming and the plants w grow less but hold just fine to next growth season

Update to an old thread of mine here from years ago

Planted bowl has an indefinite lifespan, it is electricity independent other than light. Window light works too but I'm obviously getting better crypt growth off metal halide 14k lol so ill stick with that. There is a waterfall pump but it hasn't been turned on in about seven years so maybe one day I'll clean it out.

About to order a fog disc for it and it will be switch controlled

This terrarium has red and blue led strip lighting in the woodwork, wood and vine and foam background with glued substrate and plant recesses, and the lower soil is about two pounds of laterite then some fluorite along with some peat and about a decade worth of snail waste.

The lifespan of this system is truly indefinite. I change water twice annually now and topoff as needed. From 2003 to 2009 I did not do a water change, only topped off.

Bamboo plants stand ten feet into the ceiling and the fern is growing as a bog plant. I'd like help with an Id on this shrimp if anyone knows

They sold it as a red mini cray
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The glass is a little dirty but this tank runs mainly untouched.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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Video of the system from 2009 w way more plants lol


How would you guys guess a green tree frog would do in the emersed part? I figure it w make a mess sometimes that has to be wiped out and cleaned.

Thought about a baby garter snake. Wanted something that would eat on the wild type guppies from the water line I wonder how a six inch garter would do.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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Emersed plants, fern and bamboo and some driftwood vines come out the top

Co2 comes from high organic loading and the resulting bacterial and resident fauna respiration it is a pure balance, it can live fifty years no doubt. Feed the tank, dose liquid fert drops whenever, it is a long term system by design.

There is a LOT of roots packed and knurled in the substrate. I'm considering setting a sphere up to grow a single stalk of corn in my living room as a hydro setup.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:12 AM   #6
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Impressive setups you have. As nice as the planted sphere is, that pico reef out shadows everything. What a heretic! Where is all the expensive equipment to pull that off lol. Very nice!
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:25 AM   #7
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Thanks for stopping in Z
Its being slowly taken over by sps coral on the glass I think the next step is buying a laser to etch the sps dead at the growth edges

Reefbowl approaching 8yrs before too long it is designed for long term growth but it is packed. That aesthetic isnt for everyone but the point is a hands off system with just water changes and feeding

The rear of the system has very old Duncan colonies and acans, its packed 360 and the corals typically get along. At least its cool to see growth rings in all the acro growth.

I estimate there to be two hundred micro starfish and pods you can see in the bowl at feeding time
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:32 AM   #8
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Wow! Both tanks are pretty cool.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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I remember these, awesome.
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Wow! Where did you get that globe?
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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I'm mesmerized and sad at the same time. I gave it a shot at to keep a reef aquarium and failed miserably. Your tank shows what you can do in so little space. Mine is 10 times larger and it's a mess.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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Amazing!
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:56 PM   #13
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These are the best! I had a 6 gallon jug with giant vals and guppies in it for about 8yrs. Probably the most rewarding tank I've ever owned. I'm also curious where you got that huge glass globe.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:47 PM   #14
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that bowl is pretty slick ive wanted one full up with a nice goldfish in it like an oranda...they magnify the insides bigtime (the sides of the glass)

ill be glad to give away my trade secret, the only place I know of to get a giant beachball sized acrylic sphere (there may be others but I never saw any)

here we go:

fantasy bowl

www.naturesocean.com

http://www.fantasybowls.com/

enjoy making globes all over your house. heck they make good hamster cages even lol

now the little pico reef thats all packed up, Ill be the first to admit its a peroxide addict. I dont think anyone could keep a pico this long without it, Im sure someone will come along differently just not in this decade

those things are so hard to keep algae free (as are big reefs) and I just had to rely on cheating to win, no apologies- heres my rationale

-if I go to a big tank and unplug the skimmer, and come back in a month, you got problems, ergo addicted to skimming.

-if I come along and remove your water changes and calcium/alk supplementation and come back in 3 mos, probs w be everywhere, so I see that as addicted to supplements. thats my rationale. since we arent the ocean, all of us are cheating to keep scleractinian corals and pretty much any other marine organism alive.

its simply what I use to get past the 5 year mark without having tons of algae problems, and, it frees me from tedious nutrient testing or filtration. there is only an airstone in this reef, and a heater, thats all.
it is fed and dosed in careful ways, but in the end I just wanted a long term stable system.



for good reading or for a self inflicted headache, check out this big peroxide thread of sixty pages with hundreds of tank cures using our cheat (for reef tanks)
pico reef pest algae challenge thread, goog it

submit your tanks if you have probs lets test the method further~

peroxide has been used in my planted bowl as well, just to zap some hair algae which now that I changed my MH bulb isnt a prob anymore. i did three years in a row with a 20k lol think it had changed spectrum much!

a lot is lacking in todays algae management in marine aquariums. If the authors from 20 yrs ago had it right, nobody would be still using their methods and failing. nutrient control is second or third in line behind actual direct removal when it comes to any invader in marine tanks. others get lucky with common methods, many dont, thats why our thread is so huge.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #15
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What I'd like to know is where did you get that sphere from?
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