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  1. Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium
    Hello there! I have created my first terrarium this past week and am hoping to be able to glean some knowledge, insight and feedback as I start this new aspect of my hobby. I snagged a $5 glass bowl and $6 "retro" desk lamp at a garage sale last weekend. I'm certain I have made all sorts...
  2. Substrate
    Hi all, I got a new aquarium bowl for Christmas and wanted to try using soil for this one. I watched a lot of "Foo the Flowerhorn's" videos and am using this as a starting point. I'm going to use miracle grow organic choice potting mix (filtering out large pieces). My question is what to use...
  3. Equipment
    Today at the store, I bought this glass terrarium on the spur of the moment thinking I might try to figure out if I can use it as a fish bowl for a betta. Think it's doable and possible to use live plants? I've never something like this with low light plants, but thought I might give it a try...
  4. Low Tech Forum
    So I have my 16" diameter glass bowl ready to add soil and a gravel cap, but there's a problem. The diameter of the base is only 8". A 1 inch deep soil layer at the base is really cutting into my soil real estate, compared with if this were say, a cylinder, or duh, an actual nano aquarium. But...
  5. Low Tech Forum
    Hi everyone. My friend recently got herself a shrimp bowl. it's a 2 gallon bowl with some live plants, sand substrate, and cherry shrimp. Or at least there used to be cherry shrimp. They all slowly died one by one and we have no clue what's going on. We tested the water. Few nitrates. No...
  6. Substrate
    Planted a bowl today, thought i had more than enough aquasoil in it. (6.6 G bowl +3liter bag of soil) now i discovered only having about 1 inch of soil in the middle of the bowl. Is this going to be a problem? Do i need more? See my journal for more info on plants etc...
  7. Lighting
    I'm putting together a low tech, low light, dirted 2 gallon bowl, but am having difficulty identifying a light. Ideally, I would like a LED clip on light for low light plants such as java fern. Is it better to buy a lamp and buy a LED bulb? Any recommendations on specific lights to buy or...
  8. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    Thinking of maybe using a plastic candy jar to keep my culls in. It will be a literal skittles bowl.
  9. California
    Hoping to sell these locally since I don't want to try shipping glass or chemicals. That could end badly. Betta 'dharma' bowl ($8) I've got a 0.75 gallon glass bowl, one of those "betta dharma bowls" from Petco. It's like new, only used it as a planted bowl for about a month before breaking...
  10. Virginia
    Does anyone know which store sells pool filter sand at a decent price (~ $7 for 50lb)? I'm setting up a new Walstad tank and Walstad bowl soon.
  11. Low Tech Forum
    While being stuck in my house for nearly three days I've grown restless and have taken it out on my aquariums:) In the basement I found my old betta tank that probably hasn't been used in a year or so, probably my last attempt at this what the last time it was used. I grabbed it and took it up...
  12. Planted Nano Tanks
    Okay, so I have a extra desk lamp, extra MG organic potting soal, extra 13W 6500k bulb.. I THINK A PLANTED BOWL FOR THE OFFICE! Now, Before I do this, I'd like to get some ideas of what plants I should get? I'm planning on capping it with sand. Also, I'd like some floaters. Preferably plants...
  13. Tank Journals
    Hey y'all. I wanted to start a topic for the jar I'm making, as an excuse to force myself to take pictures of it and document it's progress. Heavily inspired by Newman's Shrimp Bowl. Equipment: Jar: Anchor Hocking 1 Gallon Glass Jar Low substrate: 1~ inch of API First Layer Pure Laterite Mid...
  14. Plants
    Hi guys, like I mentioned in the title, I am a beginner to this whole aquarium thing and I was hoping you guys could help me out in identifying this plant I have in my betta bowl (the one on the left in the front with small leaves). Thanks a lot!
  15. Tank Journals
    Started 5/7/13 Inspired by I had two 2 gallon capacity glass "bubble" bowls ordered from save-on-crafts.com. Cost roughly $15 each after shipping costs. Going to be used as homes for two bettas named Hearts and Spades. Substrate: EcoComplete Heaters: Hydor 25W Submersible Plants: Brazilian...
  16. Planted Nano Tanks
    hey i'm planning on starting a little planted bowl for at my desk at work and i was curious what kind of lighting everyone uses for their bowls or nano tanks?
  17. Tank Journals
    When I read about these and realized I had all materials around my house I just had to put one together. Update: 10/20/2014 I removed the crypt to allow more light down to the grass. The crypt had found the water surface and was putting out really long leaves that stretched all across the...
  18. Planted Nano Tanks
    Picked up a small 0.5gal bowl for $2. Gonna be a sweet little planted bowl. Bowl - 0.5gal Substrate - MGOPM w/ Flourite Cap Lighting - Possible - Coralife 18 watt PC Fixture (Running one 9 watt bulb) Flora - Dwarf Hair Grass, Needle Leaf Ludwigia So far I've only placed the dirt and the cap...
  19. Lighting
    So I'm putting together a small planted bowl and I don't want to deal with cats drinking from it constantly if I set it out to recieve sunlight, so my question is if I set it next to my aqueon evolve would that be enough light to support java moss? I'd like for it to grow in this bowl, even if...
  20. Low Tech Forum
    Hey guys, this is my first attempt at planted tanks! I am a reef guy who had the itch for another tank, that was super low maintenance, cheap and could sit on my desk. I already had a bowl with a betta in it, so that was perfect. It's just a layer of potting soil, with a rock in the middle and...
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