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The Shrimp Column vase project

Saw this thing a couple of months ago. Kept convincing myself I didn't need it. They marked them down twice. I told myself I could buy two 10 gal's for about the same $20. Finally bought it anyway cause its COOL.

I had to sort through several of them and look pretty close to find one with one fairly flat side and no bubbles in the glass. You can see some distortion in some of the pics from the glass having a thick section at the bottom, but its not noticeable in person. The white spots are air bubbles on the glass, not in the glass.

The vase is 18 inches tall, and holds 2.7 gallons. The big problem of course is the low surface area for the number of gallons. Fauna stocking will have to be light. I'm hoping to offset some of that problem with some highly oxygenating plants. This will probably end up on my desk at work.

Light: 26w CF (6500k) in a desk lamp

Filter: I've got a zoomed 501 on it (not pictured), but plan to "pull the plug" and go filterless once I've got permanent plants and its filled in some.

CO2: Just Excel (metricide actually)

Flora: currently has an African Water Fern (bolbitis heudelotii), some java moss, some rotala indica, and some dwarf sag (sagittaria subulata)

Fauna: currently two olive nerites and one misc caridina. Will eventually add some RCS or maybe something more interesting.

I'm looking for suggestions on plants. I'd like to keep the bolbitis if it lives. The java moss is fine also. The rotala is not growing "UP" enough, and the dwarf sag really belongs to another project, though removing it isn't critical. Please suggest some fast growing highly oxygating plant that will grow up the back all the way to the top (wisteria? horwort?), and some ground cover that is much shorter than the sag.
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rotala will be fine for the back, it just looks weak atm (some stems you clearly just cut in half) so it needs time to take off, but it will reach the top once it gets going. Hygros are a nice substitute plant if the rotala doesnt work after all.

instead of the dwarf sag i think another rock, just covered in moss would do great, or a pile of them in that left side all covered in moss to make a moss hill or something. otherwise looks great.




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That stump looks great in that tank. I think the javamoss will get too messy looking once it grows in. Maybe substitute it for more compact growing moss? Just an idea for oxygen... Drill a hole a couple of inches from the bottom, then put an airstone through it, or use an airline tube and let it run inside the aquarium.

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Thanks for the compliment on the stump. I collected it locally. Had to wedge it against the glass to get it to stay down. Good thing its a perfect fit.

I was thinking about the drilling for an airline thing. I have the bits and a drill press. I wonder if anyone sells tiny little bulkhead fittings for airline tubing? I'm worried about leaks otherwise.

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rotala will be fine for the back, it just looks weak atm (some stems you clearly just cut in half) so it needs time to take off, but it will reach the top once it gets going. Hygros are a nice substitute plant if the rotala doesnt work after all.

instead of the dwarf sag i think another rock, just covered in moss would do great, or a pile of them in that left side all covered in moss to make a moss hill or something. otherwise looks great.
Thanks! The rotala came in pretty rough, the tops melted on some, and some were broken. It is growing, so I'll be patient.

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I'm worried about leaks otherwise.
Couldn't you just place the tubing where you want it and then use aquarium sealant to glue and seal it in place--hide the bubble stone behind some scape?

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The thing with sealing the tube against the glass is when it's time to replace the airstone. I agree with SockFish, just let the scape hide it.

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