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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-24-2009, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Red face .5 gal "fishbowl" tank

I have this little "goldfish" bowl, as I describe it. You know the shape and all. And I just have it sitting collecting dust and I want to do something with it. But I have no idea where to start. I have to have some small livestock in there along with plants. I plan on just scooping out a very small portion of substrate from my 45 gal planted tank for the bed.
But what can I house in this little tank. Not sure if I can find a heater that small. No C02. Filtration will be a small sponge filter. I'll have a small 6700k, 6watt light.

Any ideas? And I don't want to keep a dinky goldfish in there.

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shrimp? or ramshorn snails?


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You're pretty much limited to snails and/or shrimp in that small of a tank

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Not even a single Oto?
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Nope, not even an otto!
Otto's are surprisingly touchy, and require good filtration and steady water params.
I would only keep shrimp in something that small.


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Way too small for an oto. Shrimp and snails are the only thing that will fit in there.
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So I had time to set this up tonight. I put a single Val root as my plant. I will be dosing with Excel and Flourish every other day (1/2 tsp). Put about 6 snails (nerite, ramshorn, mystery). There actually will be no C02, no filter, and no heater. Just the room temp and the light. Also there were very tiny snails in the substrate I grab from my main planted tank, can't identify now.
I also put a small Oto, but he is constantly grabbing air, so I took him out.

Gonna try and grab some cherry shrimp from my main tank tomorrow.

Here's a preview. I plan to add some rock and a small driftwood piece tomorrow.
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First off, I would check the water params tomorrow before adding the shrimp, just to make sure the nitrogen cycle is done.
Also, you might notice that the val will slowly melt over time. From experience, and alot of other people have noticed this, that for whateve reason, vals don't do well with Excell. They do like carbon, yes, but for whatever reason, Seachem Excel has been shown to melt vals. Not sure why, but it just seams to happen.


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didnt we already say an oto wouldnt make it?

not good to risk a fish's life. but i think the tank looks very nice and simplistic!
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I use Excel normally on my main tank and I have lots of Val in there and they are never effected :?

I want to add some fish, just need to find some, perhaps dwarf neon's? lol

The snails are really my test subjects, if after a week or so, if there progress is okay, then I will add shrimp. Of course testing parameters first
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didnt we already say an oto wouldnt make it?
All information gathered from this forum are just suggestions or opinions. I sometimes try things that people say won't work, just out of curiosity.

Although this has already been said, you don't have very many options with the size "bowl" you have. Shrimp are probably the best option.
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why not just a single betta as long as you change water every 2 to 3 days

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wait, is that 5 gallon or 0.5 gallon? if 0.5, then scratch betta

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wait, is that 5 gallon or 0.5 gallon? If 0.5, then scratch betta
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You could maybe get away with an Ember Tetra, they are way small. But in reality half a gallon of water is just too touchy for fish. The water balance can change in a heart beat.

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