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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Can something like this actually work? If it does, I might try to set 1 up for my desk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9vkHe84xKk

When I set it up, I kinda want some sort of a dwarf chiclid in the bowl so what should I get? the fish needs to be peaceful because Im going to be putting in some cherry shrimps in the tank.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 07:58 PM
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That better be a biiiiig bowl. I probably wouldn't do less than 8 gallons for a single fish. 10 or larger would be safer. In terms of space, a tank would be more space efficient which would leave more of your desk for work. According to rough calculations on a spherical bowl, the bowl would have to be 16" tall and 16" wide to have a volume of 8 gallons or more. In comparison, my 7.5 gallon cube tank is 12" tall by 12" wide.

Also keep in mind that shrimp are the bottom of the food chain. Pretty much any fish will take one look at them and see dinner. I'm not saying you can't have both shrimp and fish, but make sure there's tons of hiding spots for the shrimp and let them get established in the tank before introducing any fish.

But as for the question of if you can keep fish in a tank/bowl without a filter, using only live plants- yep. You can do that. Plant that thing up with as many fast growing plants as you can get your hands on. Shrimp don't add too much to the bioload, but stick to only having 1 fish in there.
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Ebay search "jumbo bubble bowl" it's about 10g (cheaper on eBay than Amazon) and I think it's actually the same one used in the video. I had see. That video before and almost bought the bowl but did not due to issue with filtration option limitations. But I might try sometime in the future.

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I did something like that with a lava lamp about a year ago. Here is a youtube clip of it. For the plant, i chose an amazon sword for mine, it was great. My snail died from temperature drop. Maybe a beta pad heater would work, the cord in the water would take away from the look of the perfect bubble of glass.

The amazon overgrew the tank and i just scrapped the idea after six months of it. The video you posted looks like it would be fun though. filtration will be an issue, but if you can keep up water changes it would work. I have found the nano cube type of aquarium a better suited environment for long term keeping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBjT...4hjI7A4c-UzGEQ
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