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Planted bowl questions

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I have a 1/2 gallon fish bowl I want to put some leftover java moss, bacopa and baby java fern in. I tried just throwing it in, but gsa and beard algae took over and I treated it and threw the plants in a bucket for now.

I think I started all wrong. I think some algae eating critter might help, but then I also need to know.

1) is dirt ok as a substrate with snails or shrimp?
2) do I need activated carbon?
3) how often do I change the water?
4) what are good inhabitants for this setup?
5) any other beginner info?
6) sunlight is ok, or move to shade with a lamp?

Thank you! I'll get some pics once I get going.
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I have a gallon bowel on my dining room table with sand, moss, yellow shrimp, no filter or heater. The light above the table has 5 13 watt CFL bulbs it sits about 3 feet above the table and is only on when I need it to be, maybe an hour a day. I do not allow any sun light to hit the bowl, no water movement and sun light is a breeding ground for algae. I do a 90% water change once a week. To answer your questions you can use any substrate you want, carbon is not necessary unless you are trying to remove medication, changing the water should be based on what you have in there and how long it takes to get dirty, inhabitants should be something that has a small bio load and is comfortable with being in a small tank, stay away from the sun if you can.


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With it being so small I would stay away from putting fish or even shrimp in there. I have no experience with shrimp but still wouldn't put them in a tank that small. Maybe a shrimp guru will chime in on that.

1 yes organic potting soil. Not dirt from your yard. Not sure for shrimp
2 no. Ac will pull nutrients out that your plants need.
3 I would guess once a week. Keep an eye on all tank levels and increase or decrease water changes where needed
4 I would go with snails. They will eat the algae and aren't as temperamental when it comes to water quality. They will live in pretty much anything.
5 um... have fun
6 try it both ways. I would personally go the lamp route. You will have more control over light cycle time and location of tank.
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With it being so small I would stay away from putting fish or even shrimp in there. I have no experience with shrimp but still wouldn't put them in a tank that small. Maybe a shrimp guru will chime in on that.

1 yes organic potting soil. Not dirt from your yard. Not sure for shrimp
2 no. Ac will pull nutrients out that your plants need.
3 I would guess once a week. Keep an eye on all tank levels and increase or decrease water changes where needed
4 I would go with snails. They will eat the algae and aren't as temperamental when it comes to water quality. They will live in pretty much anything.
5 um... have fun
6 try it both ways. I would personally go the lamp route. You will have more control over light cycle time and location of tank.
Looks like it will be potting soil at the bottom with gravel and rocks, a lamp and maybe a snail later, a pond snail from my filter. I put potting soil in my 10 and it is going really well so far. The plants love it.

Thanks for the help. So shrimp is a bad idea. I will maybe get a start tomorrow if I get time.

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I have a gallon bowel on my dining room table with sand, moss, yellow shrimp, no filter or heater. The light above the table has 5 13 watt CFL bulbs it sits about 3 feet above the table and is only on when I need it to be, maybe an hour a day. I do not allow any sun light to hit the bowl, no water movement and sun light is a breeding ground for algae. I do a 90% water change once a week. To answer your questions you can use any substrate you want, carbon is not necessary unless you are trying to remove medication, changing the water should be based on what you have in there and how long it takes to get dirty, inhabitants should be something that has a small bio load and is comfortable with being in a small tank, stay away from the sun if you can.
Ok, so water changes a lot! Thanks for the help. Looks like I will put a pond snail later.
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I have a gallon bowel on my dining room table with sand, moss, yellow shrimp, no filter or heater. The light above the table has 5 13 watt CFL bulbs it sits about 3 feet above the table and is only on when I need it to be, maybe an hour a day. I do not allow any sun light to hit the bowl, no water movement and sun light is a breeding ground for algae. I do a 90% water change once a week. To answer your questions you can use any substrate you want, carbon is not necessary unless you are trying to remove medication, changing the water should be based on what you have in there and how long it takes to get dirty, inhabitants should be something that has a small bio load and is comfortable with being in a small tank, stay away from the sun if you can.
I read up on the yellow shrimp. Those are really easy to care for. I could see a few of those with some bubble bee snails. Nice yellow theme.
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