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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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No Tech 1.75 ga "Stonehenge bowl"

1.75 ga "Stonehenge Bowl"

Started 12/31/14, the idea was to have no-tech bowl to breed snails for a puffer. I am in Florida, so mosquitoes will be the issue, hence the decision to add 1 Betta. Please critique my set up as I am a complete n00b.

Equipment
1.75 ga bowl from Michael's
Lamp from Wallmart, CFL bulb, 2700 K, 13 w
Substrate: mushroom compost, peat, ADA Amazonia

Hardscape
Petrified wood

Flora
Money Wort
Anubias nana
Marsilea Minuta
Jungle Val (?)
Willow Hydro

Fauna
pond snail hitchhikers

Planned
alternanthera reineckii min
ramshorn snails (?)
MTS or 1 BumbleBee nerite (?)
1 Betta (need something for mosquito control)
3 Cherry shrimps (?) (optional)

Is it too much for this bowl?

Water parameters (still cycling, I did not have established tank so I used Nite-Out II)

Tap Water
pH (7.3) Ammonia (0) Nitrites (0) Nitrates (5)


Cycling so far


Day 1 pH (6.6), Ammonia (0.75-1) NitrItes (0.13) NitrAtes (15)
Day 5 pH (6.8), Ammonia (1) NitrItes (0.25) NitrAtes (9)
Day 9 pH (7.2), Ammonia (2) NitrItes (2) NitrAtes (8)
Day10 pH (7.2), Ammonia (1.2) NitrItes (2) NitrAtes (10-20 can't tell)
Initial Set Up

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-19-2015, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Update 1/19/15

A small update:

My no-tech Stonehenge Bowl is still cycling, ammonia is zero, but nitrites are still high, around 2ppm. It has been 21 days already. It has no heater and temp has been around 65-70 F, so I guess it has been slowing the process down.

Pond snails are thriving and laying eggs all over the place. I added 2 plants: Rotala Araguaia and alternanthera reineckii mini.
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The cycle is complete!

A quick update.

The Stonehenge Bowl has completed its cycle! I got so excited, it was funny. It was like a miracle, few days ago I had 2 ppm nitrites and 30 nitrates. Yesterday a miracle happened, ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 10 ppm. It took 28 days to complete the cycle.

The bowl is ready for its inhabitants that will be arriving shortly. Meanwhile pond snails are having a blast there.
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I don't think that is big enough for a betta

Are you dosing anything?
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Like the bowl. Agree wholeheartedly too small for a betta. Maybe a male endler. Mine used to eat mosquito larva.

If in doubt, add more plants!

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A word of caution. I had one and the glass on that is thin. Be careful handling it. Mine broke as I was holding the rim and trying to clean it. The weight of the water was too much even though it wasn't even half full.
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No, no dosing with anything. I only thought about betta because here in Florida this bowl will turn into mosquito breeding ground pretty soon. You think one male endler will work out? I need something to deal with mosquitoes. I also planned 3 shrimps and one bumble bee nerite (plus all pond snails I have here already)

Wow, it broke? Thank you for the advice, I typically do not touch it much, only rotate from time to time to see it from a different angle.
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Update:3/14/15

Have not posted in a while, so here is an update.

Everything grows like crazy in that bowl. I might need to do some major trim soon! Snails are breeding, and I added 2 female guppies that were supposed to be food for my sick turtle.

Still want to add few shrimps and bumblebee nerite snail. I did water check yesterday, pH 7.6, nitrites and ammonia are 0, nitrates are 5.

I have some Rotala Enie for sale, in case anyone is interested.
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Your little bowl is pretty neat!

Plants look like they are very happy in there! Hope the guppies stay in there, as they can be jumpers so keep a eye out. Also watch for them coming to the surface and gulping air! The plants will put oxygen in the water for sure, but with that small amount of water volume the guppies may consume more than the plants can supply. If so and the water parameters stay ok a small air stone should keep the guppies happy!

So have fun with your Stonehenge Bowl!

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4/11/15 update

Another update: The bowl is doing great, plants are growing and looking nice, nitrites and ammonia are 0, nitrates around 5. Both guppies died, BUT one gave birth to 4 babies that now live in that bowl and seem to be fine. I only add water once per week, as it evaporates a lot.
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Update: 6/30/15

The Stonehenge Bowl is out of control! Everything grows like crazy there and I need to do some serious trimming.

It has 3 guppies now, and probably 10-15 bladder and ramshorn snails. All original plants are doing fine.
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OMG That bowl is so ridiculously pretty and natural. I'm trying to find a reason not to attempt a copy. My makeup table needs some living adorableness....lol
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It indeed turned out very well, and its original purpose was to breed snails for puffer .

I am a complete noob, and this was my inspiration for this bowl: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...&highlight=ovt
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Update 1/3/2016: 1 year old and going strong!

This is Stonehenge Bowl 1-year anniversary!

It is still alive and well and even survived overfeeding and serious crisis due to lousy pet-sitter.

I have guppies there that somehow manage to do natural overpopulation control, ramshorn snails and pond snails.

Surviving original plants:
Money Wort
Anubias nana
Marsilea Minuta
Jungle Val (?)
Willow Hydro
alternanthera reineckii min (struggling a bit to rebound after our crisis)

Overall, I have to say I am extremely impressed with this little bowl. It has no filter, no air stone, everything grows, fish seems to be happy, I only add water weekly with a dash of Nite-Out II. It even survived a serious crisis!

The pic is from my phone, so it is a bit lousy.
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Very cool. I like the way the plants flower when allowed to grow above water.

Have you managed to harvest any snails for your puffer?
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