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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Unfiltered, unheated low-tech 2.5 shrimp bowl

I finally got everything in to set up my long awaited shrimp bowl. The main inspiration came from many of the cool bowls I have seen that have lots of flora stuffed in and just pop visually. I have always wanted dwarf shrimp as well, so this was something to satisfy both.

Initially I was going to go with Flourite, as I use that in my main tank and have had good success. I do find it hard to plant in, however, so I opted for ADA Aquasoil Amazonia Powder Type to see what all the fuss is about. Took about 2 weeks with the storm to get here, and in the meantime I set up my hardscape outside the bowl quite a few different ways to find the one I liked best.

Details are as follows:
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil Amazonia Powder Type
Substrate additives: Potash, dolomite, red clay powder
Lighting: TorchStar 8 W 5000 K LED bulb in a Target desk lamp
Filtration: None!
Heating: None!
CO2: Dose daily w/ Excel
Fertilizers: Not sure yet, probably none

Flora:
AR Mini
Fissidens Fox
Monte Carlo
S. Repens
Blyxa Japonica
P. Erectus
Anubias nana Petite
Rotala H'ra

Fauna: (To be added in 2-3 weeks) Painted fire red shrimp

Overall I am very pleased with how it came out, but time will tell if things grow in as I want them to. Let me know what you guys think and I'll keep you updated on its probably slow progress.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 12:14 PM
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With no flow and such intense light, I predict serious algae issues. I would be very conservative with your light durations, but otherwise, the layout and plant placement looks GREAT! Love the grass and moss.
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With no flow and such intense light, I predict serious algae issues. I would be very conservative with your light durations, but otherwise, the layout and plant placement looks GREAT! Love the grass and moss.
Thanks! And yes, the light is very bright, so I've got it up pretty far from the surface of the bowl, as well as a 6 hour photo-period. I will tweak it as I need based on results.
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