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How to choose a good bowl?

Hello All!

See a lot of nice bowls being done, my question is about the glass bowl itself. Where do you get your's, how do you chose a good bowl?

Don't see much at the big box stores except the usual "drum" shaped traditional goldfish bowl, none of the nice "crystal ball" or fat bottom shape (or anything else interesting)

The home decorating stores (we have a "Home Goods" near here) has quite a few decorative glass items that look good from an aesthetic viewpoint and are larger than a gallon, but only a few seem to have thick enough walls to trust to hold water. None of them have a thick rolled lip like in the post for Newman's Shrimp bowl.

3 jumped out at me, one was a ball shaped "made in China" that looked to be about a gallon, the rim was ground flat (not polished) and the walls were about an 1/8 of an inch (guessing, didn't have a micrometer in my pocket )
Another looked like a heavy based hurricane lamp (heavy solid base but upper cylinder is twice the diameter) - but huge, like 5 or 6 gallons easy. Walls were on the thick side, maybe 3/16", ground top edge (not polished)
The last one looked like an over-size traditional shot glass, slightly flared at the top.

Would the large open tops be an evaporation nightmare, even worse how would you decide if the glass was thick enough to trust? The last 2 were marked "hand made in Poland", only 13 bucks but still a slight chance of being crystal, which means the possibility of lead. If it was would that leach into the water?

Bottom line - were do you guys find these bowls?
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I've been finding mine at goodwill mostly. I also got one of those big bowls @ homegoods. I've been leak testing but only for about 24hrs so far.
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I get mine from homegoods...
I like larger surface area rather than smaller.
It pays to wait... they get new stock in every week or so and patience can yeild great rewards.

I do a lot of these.. a decent scape paired with lowlight plants, a cheap $15 LED Ikea light, and a nkce petco betta makes a nice gift. And one thing I learned is that their stock changes so often it pays to wait for the one that is perfect.

Recently mine got in a perfect spherical bowl. It had thick glass and had to be about 10 gallons.. it was super sweet. By the time I had the money it was already gone..
Destined to be filled with pebbles and silk flowers.
I also greatly prefer a a neck or vase shape. I feel its easier to aquascape.


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I got mine from Michaels. It was a 12" glass bowl, holds little over a gallon of water after dirt and cap. Well worth the $15~ I spent on it.


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I got mine from Michaels. It was a 12" glass bowl, holds little over a gallon of water after dirt and cap. Well worth the $15~ I spent on it.
+1 except I would say they hold(bare) 4g and after everything else it's probably 2-3g

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