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Hi everyone! This my first planted bowl. For the substrate I used clay and river sand. I'm not yet familiar with the plants but I think I got four kinds. No filter and only sunlight for the lighting. Inhabitants are red cherry shrimp(2), lampeye(4), kuhli loach(1), algae eater(1) and a snail which i have no idea, it just came out one day and grows fast, probably came in with the plants.









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kuhli loach? how big is the bowl?
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What type of plants do you have ?
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It's a pretty little bowl right now--but not sustainable.

The "algae eater" you have is a chinese algae eater. Not a great algae eater even when young, gets rapidly less useful as it ages--and it grows fast, up to 10" although 6" is more common in my experience. Then again, maybe everyone just gets rid of them by then.

The kuhli loach gets up to 4" and does best in multiples--3 at a minimum.

The lampeyes stay pretty small--around 1.5", so you might get away with them, though hard to tell as you didn't mention how many gallons this vase actually holds. If it's anything under 3g, you'd be best taking out pretty much all the fish and just keeping the shrimp and snails-you'd easily be able to add some more cherries and get a nice little colony going.
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It's a pretty little bowl right now--but not sustainable.

The "algae eater" you have is a chinese algae eater. Not a great algae eater even when young, gets rapidly less useful as it ages--and it grows fast, up to 10" although 6" is more common in my experience. Then again, maybe everyone just gets rid of them by then.

The kuhli loach gets up to 4" and does best in multiples--3 at a minimum.

The lampeyes stay pretty small--around 1.5", so you might get away with them, though hard to tell as you didn't mention how many gallons this vase actually holds. If it's anything under 3g, you'd be best taking out pretty much all the fish and just keeping the shrimp and snails-you'd easily be able to add some more cherries and get a nice little colony going.
I think the bowl is around 1.5g. How much cherries can I have for this size?
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Most folks recommend 6-10 per gallon.
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I think the bowl is around 1.5g. How much cherries can I have for this size?

6-10?

I say as many as you can fit. Just let the colony grow in there. I'm sure they'll slow down on their own.

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Did you keep the receipts for the fish?

Or maybe you can pick up a 30 gallon, bc you need 2 more loaches at least. They're community fish.
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The bowl is beautiful. How often do you do water changes? How long has it been set up?
I need to do one myself as well but I would only add cherries due to bioload.

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The bowl IS beautiful. I love the shape, and the way you 'scaped it. Nice job!

I'd use it as an awesome shrimp bowl, too. 1 1/2 gallons is pretty small for most fish. But it's a nice size for sitting on an end table, kitchen counter, etc. Very decorative.

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Wow! This bowl looks awesome! I set one up yesterday that's about 3 gallons, but it doesn't look anything like this! Your scape is pretty sweet. Thanks for the inspiration! I guess I will be redoing my bowl soon. Lol


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Your scape is gorgeous -- sorry I was overly fixated on the fish!
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6-10?

I say as many as you can fit. Just let the colony grow in there. I'm sure they'll slow down on their own.
I guess we still have more room for some shrimps!
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The bowl is beautiful. How often do you do water changes? How long has it been set up?
I need to do one myself as well but I would only add cherries due to bioload.
Thanks!
I changed the water at least twice a week. This has been up for three weeks and still figuring out how this stuff really works.
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Your scape is gorgeous -- sorry I was overly fixated on the fish!
Thanks!
All of the fish are 1" or less in size. I was planning to trade them with some shrimps when they outgrown the bowl.
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