Update: Ive added a wonderful AZoo Mignon 60 HOB filter which has created some water flow in the cylinder. This filter was specifically chosen as it perfectly mounts on the round rim of the cylinder and the flow is adjustable down to a trickle if needed.
A fluval mesh bag was attached to the intake and ziptied to prevent accidental deaths. the shrimp stop by hourly to pick off the hair algae that has collected on there.
I have decided to take out about 50% of the plants to provide more volume for swimming (mainly for my 1 endler fry) and also to cut back on the massive growth which has pretty much taken over the tank. It has also given me a clearer view of my berried snow white crystal whom seemed to have dropped a few of her eggs but still carrying most of her clutch.
I have acquired some Red ramshorn snails that will be replacing the pond snails shortly.
my first spinach feeding has been pretty successful. the larger leaf was held down my moss in the lower part of the tank where the shrimp feasted, and a smaller leave floated where some how 2 pond snails managed to jump on. due to the water flow of the azoo, the leaf has been spinning for several hours with the snails still feeding. kinda funny to watch actually...
I sit back and watch how simple and beautiful this tank has been over the past few months not to mention being able to keep an eye on peewee shrimp that has grown to be juvies since that would have been lost otherwise in the larger tanks... very pleased with this cylinder and would highly recommend it to anyone considering setting up a planted bowl.
I started dosing Calcium in the bowl and it seems to work... or rather, there werent any negative side affects. no deaths... Water changes have been nonexistent. i typically suck out the crumbs in the feeding dish and top off as much though my brita water pitcher. no fancy RO here.
three RED Ramshorn snails were added today. they are beautiful. shrimp seem to like cleaning them and they are much prettier than the pond snails which will soon be rehomed to another tank.
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