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Old 04-13-2012, 03:19 PM   #16
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I myself just got into bowls and vases, my bowl has 3 "ghost" shrimp in it, papyrus, peacock moss, and 2 types of aquatic floating ferns (I beleive). Need different plants to add color tho. I opted for pea gravel and in the shrimp bowl they will fertilize the plant. You can see one of the shrimp in this first pic.







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Old 04-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #17
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Nice pieces of wood.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:38 PM   #18
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That bowl looks awesome! Nice find Start a journal, I'll subscribe for sure
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:07 PM   #19
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I capped the soil and filled it up. Not too crazy about the DW, I will be taking one of the pieces out. I bought this lamp and I'm not sure if I like it. My fiancé isn't too crazy about it either. I put a 5000k bulb in the lamp and now I just need to plant and watch it grow!
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #20
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:57 PM   #21
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Herere is an article by Diana Walstad tha you might find useful: http://www.bookmasters.com/marktplc/00388Shrimp.pdf
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:43 PM   #22
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Tiny surface area and no water movement.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:46 PM   #23
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Thank you Decotank, great link. I never thought about using sand, no turning back now!

This will be a filterless bowl and I'm not too concerned about the surface area, we'll see how it goes!
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:44 AM   #24
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Surface area might be a big deal especially if you are putting any fauna in there. I think that bowl lost function for looks so I'd be careful cause you need the gas exchange for your shrimp and plants (if you can even fit them in the opening). as far as the light, From experience (actually yesterday) i realized if it isn't tall enough to cover the top of the bowl then most likely a lot of light will be wasted. That's why I switched to a larger work lamp instead. Hope everything works out.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:30 AM   #25
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i think this is how you should scape it:
put moss on the DW - tie it on. then put some sort of taller plant in the back of the DW such as blyxa japonica or pygmy chain sword. in the front plant some HC or something low...idk. maybe just leave the front bare. trust me as long as the front is low, it will look great.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #26
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i think this is how you should scape it:
put moss on the DW - tie it on. then put some sort of taller plant in the back of the DW such as blyxa japonica or pygmy chain sword. in the front plant some HC or something low...idk. maybe just leave the front bare. trust me as long as the front is low, it will look great.

I planned on tying moss to the DW, but as far as low plants go I'm still trying to figure that out. Anymore low plant suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #27
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crypt parva is another good low lying plant. try it.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:44 PM   #28
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Just getting started, keeping it simple. I have a dwarf lily and some blue pearls


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Old 04-16-2012, 03:33 AM   #29
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Thanks Newman! You've given me some great suggestions. I'm regretting the choice of my substrate, I don't like the look of the pebbles at all right now but maybe once I get plants growing it will start to look better.

I've got the bulbs planted and tomorrow I'll be tying some moss to two small pieces of DW. Hopefully I get at least half of the bulbs to grow. More pictures tomorrow.

So far this has been an interesting experiment. I'm already thinking of ways I could improve a planted bowl if I were to start over. It's so hard to have patience sometimes! Especially with a fiancé prodding me to put something that moves in it lol
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #30
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LOL, sorry, i think i confused this thread with another.

I love the shape of the bowl though. Is it difficult getting stuff into the opening?
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