Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Panama City Beach, FL
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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