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equipment for a 1 gallon shrimp bowl

do people even use filters for a shrimp bowl since they are usually so small? and what about a heater that won't take up any room? lighting?

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Lighting can be a regular desk lamp fitted with an appropriate light bulb.

Depending on the shape of the tank, if there is a flat side, then an azoo palm filter or a red sea nano will also do perfect. Flow is usually manipulated by prefilters, media stuffing, and a control valve.

As for heater, I have no experience with heaters but there is a flat heater: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...7&pcatid=12087

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13 watt cfl ( 65 w equiv.) No heat as long as room is around 70. I keep mine in a room that stays at 68-70. As long as you have plants and dirt- No filter is needed. Ime, the key here is to get your plants rooted and growing, this will stabilize the bowl and you will be ready for shrimp. Probably best to stick with RCS since they are pretty much the hardiest variety of shrimp.
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Equipment for a 1 gallon shrimp bowl? Java Moss = filtration + food!

I have four 1 gallon rectangular shrimp jars with no light or filtration, they're just sitting in a window where they're exposed to morning sun. The temperature there is not consistent, so they're sitting on a reptile heating pad, and one of them has a heater with a thermostat to balance out the temperature a bit. With just a submersible heater on the side I was getting warm water at the top with cold water below, but the heater underneath seems to have helped counter that and I suppose add a tiny bit of circulation now. I'd also thought about burying a submersible heater in glass marbles which I'd replace a substrate with, so it would be out of sight but would still have water circulation, and then using just plants such as moss and Java Ferns which don't require a substrate.

I'd added the floating plant Azolla which has covered the top now, so surface biofilm isn't really a problem anymore. And I threw in a Nerite snail to keep the container's surface clean, despite that they're competing with the shrimp now, as the direct sunlight was nevertheless resulting in some algae.
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