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What kind of light do I need for a 2g bow?l

I found a nice glass bowl in my basment, decided I'd do a low tech planted shrimp bowl. I have left over Eco-Complete I'll use, I'm going to grab a desk lamp from home depot, should the bulb that comes with it be alright or should i buy a different one?
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im using a 13w spiral in a desk lamp on my bowl and everything looks great. The floaters have quadrupled in a week and lots of new growth on my other plants, i used topsoil with black diamond as a cap.
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im using a 13w spiral in a desk lamp on my bowl and everything looks great. The floaters have quadrupled in a week and lots of new growth on my other plants, i used topsoil with black diamond as a cap.
Thanks for the feedback :) just a couple questions. How big is your bowl and how man inch or cenimeters of dirt and cap do you have? If you have a pic/tank journal I'd be more than happy to check it out
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Honestly i dont even know how many gallons it is, maybe 2-3. I bought the bowl at michaels for $12 on a wim. The dirt is maybe 2-3" deep, enought to where when i put a plant in it will hold. This is my first attempt at this as im new to planted tanks but i have to say im having more success with smaller tanks then my bigger 75gallon.
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Honestly i dont even know how many gallons it is, maybe 2-3. I bought the bowl at michaels for $12 on a wim. The dirt is maybe 2-3" deep, enought to where when i put a plant in it will hold. This is my first attempt at this as im new to planted tanks but i have to say im having more success with smaller tanks then my bigger 75gallon.
Nice thread! Im aiming to get something similar. Alright, Michaels crafts im assuming? I'll have to check it out
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What kind of light do I need for a 2g bow?l

In my bowl I'm using a desk lamp too with a 6500k spectrum 15wt spiral bulb.

2 inches of dirt and 2 inches of floramax

While I haven't got shrimps it does house a betta and its been nearly 3 months so far and the dwarf hair grass is still growing!

Will you be using any soil or just Eco?

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Yeah michaels crafts, the bowl is like 12" high. But they have all different glass containers so this could be a cube or smaller bowl. But the glass is decently thick, i can pick it up completely full with no problem.
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In my bowl I'm using a desk lamp too with a 6500k spectrum 15wt spiral bulb.

2 inches of dirt and 2 inches of floramax

While I haven't got shrimps it does house a betta and its been nearly 3 months so far and the dwarf hair grass is still growing!

Will you be using any soil or just Eco?
Nice! Right now I'm just planning to use Eco, should I use something else too?
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Nice! Right now I'm just planning to use Eco, should I use something else too?
i think eco complete is great, im using it in 2 of my other tanks

if your asking me what else you could use, my answer will always be dirt on the bottom...

some people are not down to go that route so i wont try to push you one way or another but ive had great results with it

heres my betta bowl


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awesome bowl hambone, how long has that been set up?
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awesome bowl hambone, how long has that been set up?
thanks, its been about 4 months so far

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i think eco complete is great, im using it in 2 of my other tanks

if your asking me what else you could use, my answer will always be dirt on the bottom...

some people are not down to go that route so i wont try to push you one way or another but ive had great results with it

heres my betta bowl

Thats a beautiful bowl
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What kind of light do I need for a 2g bow?l

Thank y'all

Wish you well sacme on your new venture. Just make sure you get the 6500k spectrum bulb for plants!

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Wish you well sacme on your new venture. Just make sure you get the 6500k spectrum bulb for plants!
Thanks Hambone, you've helped me out on so many different threads
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Thanks Hambone, you've helped me out on so many different threads
Dude that's awesome! I'm still reaching out for lots of info myself and a lot of people have taken time to help me too. This is a great site!

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