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I was given this bowl, I think it's some sort of a vase, it's 5in in front and 7-7.5in in back. I don't want to spend any extra money on making it so I'll have to make do with stuff/plants that I already have. I have close to 20 types of plants so that should not be a problem:hihi:

Once it's close to being ready I'm going to take it to work and keep it there, or maybe it's better to take it there and plant it there...well anyway I'll get everything ready and then decide.

The substrate is plant substrate, light will probably just be daylight (we'll see if I will add a lamp), no filter.

Ok, plants, the contenders are: Crypts (one small and brownish and one bigger and greenish), sunset hygro, dwarf hygro, Alternanthera redeckii, pearl weed, micro sword, riccia, Pogostemon helferi, dwarf Sagitaria, ludwigia and anubias nana and petite.

Anyone have any experience with these plants in a bowl?

I'm planing on soaking the driftwood for awhile and then tying Anubias too it, but I think some of it will stick up out of the water, will that be fine?

I also have some small lava rocks that I plan on tying the riccia to, I'm not good with mosses so riccia it is:icon_wink







Any advice and help is welcomed!
 

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I had riccia, ludwigia and anubias in my shrimp bowl and they did fine, but the riccia was floating (closer to the light) so your experience may differ. I like what you've done so far! Good luck with it.
 

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The anubias will grow just fine since it's a low-light and low-maintenance plant. I think ludwigia would do well too but it might not color like it would in a tank with light and co2. Still, it can be nice and green! I'm looking forward to see how this will look down the line :D!
 

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The plan is to plant after Easter, I'm going away for a few days over Easter, and I don't feel comfortable planting and leaving;) The wood is soaking, I'm hoping to get rid of at least some of the tannins before it goes into the bowl.
Does anyone know how riccia does with Excel? The plan is to dose with flourish and excel.

Sketch I made of the scape.



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I think that Excel will kill riccia when dosed at recommended levels or higher. That's not to say you can't be successful using it, but it may be difficult to get the dosage right in a small bowl.
 

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All shrimp bowls needs noodles ;) . no MSG added too....hehheheh couldn't resist
Haha, I almost spit my Coke all over the monitor. Well played sir, well played.

I think that Excel will kill riccia when dosed at recommended levels or higher. That's not to say you can't be successful using it, but it may be difficult to get the dosage right in a small bowl.
I use Excel in my 2.5g and the riccia has been doing well and growing like mad for the last few months, and I quite often overdose by 2x. With that said, I wouldn't squirt the Excel directly on it, nor would I do a 5x overdose or something, but I think you will be fine using it in moderation. Just my 2¢.
 

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Excel almost wiped out my Crypts with 1/2 the recommended dose and I've read other horror stories about using excel in a crypt tanks.
 

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Soooo... I planted the bowl. The water is greenish because of the tetra initial sticks.
There are about 3 liters of water in it so it's small:)

Plants used,
Anubias nana
Anubias nana petite
Hygrophila polysperma sunset
Crypt unknown
Riccia
A few leaves of duckweed (it's everywhere!)
I'm feeling ambivalent about this, I'm not sure I like it yet :/
Best wishes from the land of ice and fire!


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I'm feeling ambivalent about this, I'm not sure I like it yet :/
A quick water change and the addition of a light will quickly change your mind. My 1.75g vase looks like crap before the lights go on. Love it when it's are on.

I small desk lamp with a single 10w cfl maybe 6-8" above the bowl should do.
 

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A quick water change and the addition of a light will quickly change your mind. My 1.75g vase looks like crap before the lights go on. Love it when it's are on.

I small desk lamp with a single 10w cfl maybe 6-8" above the bowl should do.
I'm waiting for lights I ordered for my 30l tetra tank (the light in the hood is broken and it's cheaper to go rimless than renewing it) and for another small tank I have, when they come I will have a lamp over it with a proper lightbulb, now I have a lamp with a regular bulb over it:) and I just did a 75% waterchange. I'm thinking that I want another normal bowl to keep at home o_O
 
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