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Old 01-14-2011, 11:49 PM   #31
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That's really gorgeous. I have a bowl just like this sitting in my storage closet.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:15 PM   #32
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thanks sea!
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:46 AM   #33
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Wow this bowl looks great!

Lovin those acans too haha
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:39 AM   #34
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Thanks Yoshi =)

Nothing new, a water change is scheduled for tomorrow. female shrimp still berried, juvenile shrimp are growing great. more than 20 of them in there for sure. one adult male shrimp is in there still.

After the female gives birth to her brood, I will begin to slowly convert this tank to soft water. What i will do is mix RO/DI water with some Seachem Equilibrium to get the KH and GH down. then ill use this soft water mix in conjunction to my tap water (which is solid rock) to slowly make the tank into softwater over the course of many water changes.

The soft water is to see how shrimp are able to live in the environment, how it will all effect plant growth, and the ultimate goal is, once I am successful I will be able to order a group of 5 Crystal shrimp to try and grow a colony in this bowl. Will probably get the CRS from someone on this forum.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:20 AM   #35
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This is before the water change. juveniles make the DW look like a cherry tree lol.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:55 PM   #36
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The female gave birth to her second litter. they look so tiny compared to the juveniles now.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:05 PM   #37
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This is just such a charming set-up. I'm really enjoying it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #38
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Thanks again sea, here are some pictures of the female and the juveniles. The scale is provided that the female is 1" .
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #39
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Those shots are absolutely gorgeous. Everything and everyone looks so healthy.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:36 PM   #40
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Bowl was moved to the living room
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:06 PM   #41
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female is saddled again, we'll see if we get more.
oh yes, and i moved more than 25 juveniles out to my 40 gal the other day. there are still around 10 juveniles left in the bowl that i could catch, and about 20+ babies who are growing well too. and of course the adult pair.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:31 AM   #42
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This bowl is bad to the bone man!!!!!!! 4 thumbs up!!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:55 PM   #43
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Wow! This is such a cute idea! I'd love to do something like it in the future, but I'm pretty new to this whole fish thing so I'm wondering, is it heated? Filtration? Can a tank this small be cycled?

It's just a REALLY cool bowl, sorry for all the questions, lol
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:42 PM   #44
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Thanks all!
The bowl is not heated, the house heat keeps it in the 70Fs, and shrimp generally accept cooler water (especially the crystal shrimp with will eventually go into here). No filtration or water movement. The plants filter out all the dissolved waste, and w/e is left over gets changed out with my 2x a week water changes of about 90%. Parameters all stay at 0.

YES even a tank this small must be cycled. If you start with just plants like i did, and let them grow a lot before adding shrimp, your job will be a lot easier since the plants would already be growing fast enough to absorb any waste that the shrimp produce. then from that point on the tank will cycle little by little in an undetectable way. However right before and from the point you add the shrimp to the tank I advise you to start testing every 3 days or so to prevent any sort of spike killing your shrimp.

Back when i started this, I put the one male shrimp in here to test the tank and I got a 1ppm Nitrite spike after a week! as soon as i saw that I immediately did the water change to drop it down to about 0. Then the plants took over again, and i haven't seen any param issues from that point on. that male shrimp is btw still alive and well in this tank, breeding with the female.

So yes, read up on cycling, use live plants first, and tons of testing and doing this slowly will ensure that you will succeed.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:40 AM   #45
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Ok thanks, that's really helpful! I remember you from nano reefs, I was trolling on there for a while but decided to go freshwater instead although someday when I really get the hang of this fish thing then I'll try a reef tank for sure.

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