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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question 1 gallon bowl sugestions

Well, I have a 1 gallon bowl with a flat front. I have hornwort, java fern, Aponogetons (my big one had babies), and moss balls from other tanks I can use I also have a few river rocks and rose quartz, and cycled gravle I could use for a hard scape. For animals i have ghost shrimp or 1 white cloud i could use and some pond snails. I have a desk lamp with a daylight bulb for lighting.
I need suggestions on water flow, scape, and live stock for my new project.
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this would be perfect for a Natural Planted Tank. Check out the walstad bowls in my sig and check out some of the shrimp bowls (newman for example as well as others)


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I was thinking about using soil for the substrate vs gravel
should i just use an air pump for water circulation or no circulation?
and is it possible for a nice tank with what i already have handy, maybe a java fern jungle with a moss ball as a center piece and shrimp climbing the ferns???
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You'd probably need some more plants, but what you have is a good start. with npt setups you dont need circulation although it might keep film on water surface at bay.


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is there a soil that is the best, or is it just anything without chemicals?
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No water circulation necessary. If you go the route I took with mine, it is so darned overgrown there isn't a bats chance in hell you can build up surface scum because it is completely overgrown!! I need to update my bowl pics come to think of it.

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is there a soil that is the best, or is it just anything without chemicals?
Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix then cap it with pool filter sand or pea gravel.


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would half a dozen ghost shrimp and a wight cloud be over doing it and can i use a rubber band to secure java fern
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I have a 1 gallon glass bowl similar to this and I used a Tom's Mini Internal Filter. It works great but the flow is a little to much for the tank. So I planted some bamboo in front of it.


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dont do any fish in this bowl. otherwise plans sound solid. this is a tough shape to work with, but i think it can look real nice with a piece of thin branchy DW and the ferns on both sides of the DW. i guess choose one flat side to be the front and base the scape only on that side.




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i like that idea Newman, but i don't know where to get drift wood unless there's a common tree i could pull it off of
should it be filled all the way or only 3 fourths of the way up the tank
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i like that idea Newman, but i don't know where to get drift wood unless there's a common tree i could pull it off of
should it be filled all the way or only 3 fourths of the way up the tank
Oak branches are good.


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great, oaks are very common in florida yay
any other ideas besides the branch and java fern using what I have or is a very common plant that i could get at a big chain store
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Moss!!!!!!!




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I wish , but i have not seen any moss in all of palm beach county except moss balls which are actually algae
maybe one of the lfs has it in but most are saltwater i might call around tomorrow
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