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An exercise in restraint : thinking about a shrimp bowl

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I have come here to ask some questions to you who have started a bowl. I won't have any heating or filtration, only light and the heat that that will provide. My apartment stays at 22 celsius all year, maybe a bit warmer in the summer.

I have OCD when it comes to my aquariums. I vacuum gravel and sand everytime I change water. I clean glass like it is my job. I put gadgets on them and am constantly putting together and taking down aquariums and rearranging them.

Is it possible for me to have a perfect, lush no tech bowl with soil capped with sand? Can I manage to not fiddle with it and ruin it? Will I be happy with how it looks with no equipment? How is plant and shrimp health and how is the water quality?

Please help. I want one, but I'm not convinced I like the lifestyle.
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The roots grow like crazy! I imagine that one day you will barely be able to see my substrate as the ground will just be covered in roots.

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I'm leaning more and more towards it. My girlfriend saw a bowl and said "how come you can't be that stylish!".

Excuse me...
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if you're OCD then you should have no issues with doing a weekly water change on your bowl, which i advise for good health of the shrimp and hopefully some algae prevention.

aside from the water changes and topping off with distilled water, you really dont have to do much to the planted bowl...maybe feed the shrimp once in a while and remove excess offspring once very two months or so, but that's really it. its an extremely simple setup. Cherry shrimp are the prime candidates as are most Neocaridina shrimp.

if you opt for low maintenance, its probably not going to look perfect (which means it wont be Amano display quality) but it will still look very nice.

you dont have to fiddle with it, you don't even have to trim the plants really if you chose the right species.
you will definitely appreciate how it looks with no equipment.




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These bowls seem to manage a naturally overgrown 'jungle' look that is unique and interesting. Sort of a 'chaos that somehow looks planned and natural'.

Not sure how to explain it.

You can obviously do aquascaping and regular pruning it you feel so inclined but for most of us having a tank that we can ignore is sort of nice.
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I have been on the hunt for the perfect bowl. Winners, bed bath and beyond and zellers had nothing, same with superstore (well, they had one but it was too small for what I want). I am looking for the biggest sphere I can get.
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I have been on the hunt for the perfect bowl. Winners, bed bath and beyond and zellers had nothing, same with superstore (well, they had one but it was too small for what I want). I am looking for the biggest sphere I can get.
Hobby Lobby, tons of crazy stuff in that place.
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