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Old 08-15-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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10 Gallon Walstad Bowl


This is my first Walstad Bowl. Substrate is mineralized Top Soil capped with black sand. Plants are various crypts and corkscrew vals. So far so good. The bowl is already cycled.

Only getting sunlight form the window, and that is never direct sunlight. I am a little concerned that it may be not enough light, but I bought a clip on LED to supplement if needed.

The rock will soon have a reclining Buddha contemplating the cycle death and rebirth.

The only thing i dont like about the bowl is the large curvature tends to distort viewing. Things are bigger than they seem...which may actually be interesting if I stock this with shrimp.

Here is the bowl with my cat for scale reference.

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I'm hoping this will be an easy to maintain low tech bowl. Feedback welome and appreciated!
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Old 08-15-2015, 02:50 PM   #2
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What are the bowl dimensions (height and diameter)? That does not look like a 10g bowl, feels too small.
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:01 PM   #3
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I just measured...its just over 8 inches radius. Did the math and its about 9ish gallons. I assumed it was 10 gallons as its as big as my 10 gallon cube nano.
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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Weird optical illusion. Does not look big enough to contain 2 5 gallon buckets worth of water. I would have guessed 2 gallons. Looks nice though. I have thought of doing the same thing. Will be curious to see how it works out.
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:13 PM   #5
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Yes - it is an illusion. The plants you see are way smaller than they actually are seen because of the distortion. It did indeed take 2 5 gallon buckets for me to fill. Well a little less than 2. I"m actually hesitant to put fish in there because it will blow them up and make me dizzy.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:53 AM   #6
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Wow, I just did the math too, and I got 9.3 gallons of volume from an 8 inch radius (sphere). Crazy, from just looking at it, it doesn't seem big enough to hold that much, but there you go!

I agree with possibly feeling dizzy from the distortion, esp with moving fish! Cool effect with the plants, though.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:20 PM   #7
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Where did you get the bowl? Only nearly 10g bubble bowl I can find is online is about $60-70 (shipping in price) ouch x.x
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #8
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Amazon.com - WGV Clear Brandy Wine Shaped Bubble Bowl Glass Vase on Stand, Large - Votive Holders Amazon.com - WGV Clear Brandy Wine Shaped Bubble Bowl Glass Vase on Stand, Large - Votive Holders

36 bucks plus free shipping with Prime. What curious is the medium size bowl of this brand is more money... $57. I suppose less demand for such a large bowl. But i think the large is a great value for a bubble vase.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:05 PM   #9
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Update: Vals and Crypts melting, melting <oh what a world>. I expected this b/c...well theyre vals and crypts. Noticed a slight whitish cloud to the water which i assume may have been a bacterial bloom yesterday. Buts its gone now, but did a 50% water change anyway. I'm always nervous when plants melt, but i hope they bounce back soon. Wont feel happy about it till i see evidence of new growth.

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Oh holy [cnesor] I didn't realize that had a built in small base, thought it was a regular bubble bowl (no platform). I'd be so paranoid about it breaking but the nearly 1/2 price of it compared to the other one temps me so... though I'd probably spend the nearly $30 saved making a padded box around the underside of the bow to support it... How thick is the glass? Notice any imperfections (bubbles uneven thickness)?
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:39 PM   #11
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The glass is super thick and the stem is quite big. I'm not worried at all. No imperfections that i can see. The base glass is extremely thick and the stem itself is not that tall but quite wide. No bubbles, no irregularities. At least on mine.
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So hows the bowl doing? Regrowth from the melt yet?
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:24 AM   #13
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I'm curious too! Post pics when you get the chance, si vous plait!
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