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1/4 gallon planted shrimp bowl

So, I was at Dollar Tree a few days ago and they had these cute little bowl vases for a buck. I couldn't resist.

I already set up the little thing with some Miracle Grow topped with black gravel. I put in a few small water wisteria cuttings, a few dwarf hairgrass plants, and a stray piece of red foxtail. I'm going to get some java/christmas moss soon for this bowl and my other tank. I plan to get either a pair of cherry shrimp or a few ghost shrimp for this bowl...not sure which one yet.

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I'm not happy with the aquascape right now. I think I'll take out most of the sticks and make it more iwagumi-like. Any plant/moss suggestions would be great!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-08-2012, 01:34 PM
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yes definitely dont use any plants that are too large like that. your hairgrass looks to be the only plant choice that fits the dimensions of the bowl...this bowl could look great with hairgrass and some other very small plant.




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You can keep a couple rcs alive in here, but it's a lot of maintenance, evaporation alone...

Could try something like this if you don't mind all the roots


Kept one inside for ~4 months without feeding, no w/c, just topoffs.

I think I have the same bowl, better for a tiny terrarium / wabi kusa, i.e.

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So far, evaporation hasn't been too bad - and I'm keeping it in a sunny windowsill. I've been keeping it filled to the top, and it loses maybe 1/3" of water per day, which is a lot less than what my open-top 3g loses.

I did originally plan to do a wabi kusa, but I've always loved the thought of having a teeny tiny aquarium...looking at this thing, I couldn't stop imagining what it would look like as a shrimp bowl.

Newman, I think you're talking about the wisteria. I plan to let it grow out of the tank and be a semi-emersed plant. (Also, the wisteria in my 3g is having chronic problems for unknown reasons, and I might need to replace it with the healthy cuttings in this tank at some point.) As for the foxtail, the piece in there is under an inch tall. If it survives, I think it'll be a nice addition. The thin, delicate leaves are just the right size for this bowl.

Any thoughts on ghost shrimp? Could I keep a few in this bowl?

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So far, evaporation hasn't been too bad - and I'm keeping it in a sunny windowsill. I've been keeping it filled to the top, and it loses maybe 1/3" of water per day, which is a lot less than what my open-top 3g loses.

I did originally plan to do a wabi kusa, but I've always loved the thought of having a teeny tiny aquarium...looking at this thing, I couldn't stop imagining what it would look like as a shrimp bowl.

Newman, I think you're talking about the wisteria. I plan to let it grow out of the tank and be a semi-emersed plant. (Also, the wisteria in my 3g is having chronic problems for unknown reasons, and I might need to replace it with the healthy cuttings in this tank at some point.) As for the foxtail, the piece in there is under an inch tall. If it survives, I think it'll be a nice addition. The thin, delicate leaves are just the right size for this bowl.

Any thoughts on ghost shrimp? Could I keep a few in this bowl?
You should do fine with a single ghost shrimp, but you're really unlikely to be able to keep more than one once they've grown out at all. If ghosts feel crowded, the dominant one will chase the other(s) right out of the vase.

The smallest vase I've been able to keep two ghost shrimp in at mature size is just under 1g. Anything below that and one eventually jumps ship--the lesser retreats to the surface and eventually when the dominant comes up from the bottom to harass it, it jump *out* instead of swimming down.

Cherries and the smaller shrimp are much more tolerant of close quarters.
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yes do a female cherry shrimp. nice red color.




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