Its been about a month since I filled the bowl so I figured now was a good time for an update.
Since I last updated the bowl has gone through some changes. First and foremost I went away for a week. Since I knew I was going away and my master plan of adding live food to keep the fry going failed (the fry ate it all in less then 24 hours) I decided to not worry overly much about algae and let the fry eat that while I was gone. This worked to the extent that .. there is a lot of algae, and the fry all survived. So huzzah total success ;P
Anyway after I came back I decided it was time to do something about the algae. I added 4 mid sized amano shrimp to the tank and a couple more ramshorn snails. The snails I had in there have been very busy reproducing like crazy. I probably have a few dozen baby snails in this tank. I doubt all will make it to maturity, but in the meantime they are useful in eating the algae off the tips of the hair grass.
I also replaced the bulb... again! I decided the previous bulb was way too strong because even with 5 amano shrimp (one quite large) the algae was still growing faster then the shrimp could eat. I was also very unhappy with the color of the previous bulb. All of my plants looked yellow-orange.
I thus replaced it with a significantly less powerful bulb... specifically - this
SANSI daylight bulb. Its a lot smaller with frankly significantly better color. Its also not generating algae at quite the rate the previous bulb was doing it.
Oh and I added a vampire shrimp.... because VAMPIRES!!
Heh actually I added it because the local fish store guy said they will also help with my algae. I know traditional thinking is to put them in a high flow tank but he seems pretty happy so far crawling around the driftwood and doing his spiffy filter feeding hand trick. Time will tell if it was a good idea.
Here are some pictures of the bowl I took the other night with my real camera.
Vampire shrimp visible in the lower right:
The fry have all gained size as you can see and color as well. I think they still have a bit to go though before they will reach maturity. At this point its just steady as she goes.