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My 3 gallon low to no maintenance bowl. (Shrimp or Betta?!)

Hey guys. I recently had to move my 10 gallon to the kitchen so I'm missing having a small tank in the living room. So I bought a 3 gallon bowl at Wal Mart and either want to move my ghost shrimp or betta into it. Haven't decided yet.

This will be a low to no maintenance tank. I will be using Miracle Gro potting mix in the bottom with a sand cap. Plants will be easy low light plants like crypts, moss, and anubias. No heater, no filter, light only from the track light mounted above the mantle (which is pretty bright by itself).

It's empty now but I'll get 'er filled up later tonight.

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Very nice. I went looking for a bowl today and winners, bed bath and beyond and zellers didn't have anything. Instead they had Christmas decorations. Wal-mart is my next stop.
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I was so tempted to start building a shrimp bowl yesterday. I'll live vicariously through you, instead.

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i would throw the shrimp in there, especially if the betta is used to bigger tank. i've got an emmersed bowl atm, i plan to flood it next week.


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Depending on how aggressive your betta is (see if he flares up at his own reflection repeatedly) I don't see why you can't get ghost shrimp and a betta. With a no maintenance tank you'll need a lot of plants -> cover for the shrimp anyways!

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The betta is going to produce a lot more waste than the shrimp and if you are going to add the betta, you will need the shrimp in there first to seed the tank to get the natural biofilters in place, adding the betta too early will make it a high maintenance bowl with daily to EOD water changes for at least a month or two... I finally have my natural biofilter set up in my 1 gallon bowl after almost 2 months and finally can go 4-5 days w/o a water change and I only have RCS, I would discourage a betta for at least a month or to so the bowl can mature.
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Betta's breathe air though, so there's not THAT big of an issue with bad-ish water quality.

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they have a labrynith organ that can pull oxygen from the air, so they can live with low oxygen conditions for longer, but oxygen is not the issue, its the ammonia that will burn the gills...
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my vote goes for the shrimp and not the betta. low maintenance = shrimp or just plants. no fish.




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My betta is living with 7 ghost shrimp in a 10 gallon :O they get on fine, i just wasn't sure who i was going to move to the bowl. I think i'll move the shrimp, but then i feel like the 10g is just too much for a single betta. I don't even know why I got a betta in the first place :S
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maybe put some fish into the 10 for the betta's company. stuff like otos and cories.




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shrimps...but forget about ghost shrimps...there are lots of other options that are much better looking..

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Not where I live. :P

I mean, one scummy LFS sells Cherries but I vowed to never go there again... *shudders* unfortunately they're the only LFS that sells Rummynoses too so ugh... I might have to do it again soon. Too cold to ship any livestock right now, especially with how unreliable Canada Post is. :/
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I think your are pushing your luck with a Betta and the shrimp. I think you are going to find what works in 10g might not work so well in 3g.

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My betta is living with 7 ghost shrimp in a 10 gallon :O they get on fine, i just wasn't sure who i was going to move to the bowl. I think i'll move the shrimp, but then i feel like the 10g is just too much for a single betta. I don't even know why I got a betta in the first place :S
My betta got along with a group of 5 neon tetras, a oto, ghost shrimp just fine in a 10 gallon. I suggest you move half the shrimp to the bowl and stock your tank more with plants and fish.
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