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Bowl of Shrimp

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Journal for my little zen-jungle aka my bowl of shrimp.
For all of you who geek out about high-tech tanks this will be completely boring as my tank contains absolutely no addition of technology (yet).

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(If you'd be so kind to ignore the reflection in the glass, as obviously I am no photographer.)
Above is my bowl a week ago. It was meant to be a very temporary solution to store plants and shrimp until I got my actual nano cube, but then I never made up my mind about which I wanted and instead I made this a project.

This week I added quite a few new plants.
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For now it's a simple test of how many different plants I can fit in there to make the messy and random look. So far all of them are doing very well, but as you might be able to spot, most of them are in the Tropica Medium category so over time I'll up the tech lvl quite a bit.
 

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Here's a FTS.
I wanted to plant in a few stems of Ammania `bonzai´ to fill the gap of my lost Pogostemon erectus. A few days ago it drifted to the surface with no roots on it :(

Luckily the hardscape of my tank can be easily removed for better access:
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And here's a close up and a pic from above. ATM the happiest plants seems to be the Ranunculus and the Eleocharis sp `mini´.

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It's gotten to be quite a long plant list by now. So now I guess it's just time to wait and let it grow in.
 

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Looks interesting as I want to setup a very basic shrimp tank.
Was going to buy a full setup but I gave some spare substrate and tank.
See that you don't have any filters.
That the case?
 
See that you don't have any filters. That the case?

No filters.
I considered getting a small external pump for circulation, because quite frankly it smells like pond, but it won't fit on the round edges, so it'll be an upgrade for when I get my square nano tank.
I do, however, change two cups of water from the tank twice a week before I add ferts, to make sure the living inhabitants have enough oxygen.
The lighting is a 15 w halogen bulb, that I keep at a safe distance from the tank, since I don't want to give the Anubias at the top a `sunburn´ :)
And before I turn on the lights I add a teaspoon/5ml sparkling water for CO2 and give it a stir :)
So even though it's as low tech as it gets the plants still have very good conditions.
 
Nice bowl. My class have set up 5 of them and we've been running them since October. Some algae issues but we have found lots of ways to eliminate it naturally. Shrimp should start breeding once the water warms up a bit! We add a little liquid carbon and some ferts daily and change 50% rain water once a week.

Our School's Walstad Bowls. | UK Aquatic Plant Society
 
I've added a few stems of Ludwigia sp and re-added the Pogostemon erectus I lost a week ago.
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As you can see the Ludwigia is already quite happy.
Now the plant list include, but is not limited to:

Ammania sp `bonzai´
Anubias var nana `petite´
Cryptocoryne parva
Eleocharis sp `mini´
Hydrocotyle verticillata
Hygrophila pennatifida
Limnobium Laevigatum
Ludwigia sp
Pogostemon erectus
Ranunculus inundatus
Vesicularia ferriei `Weeping´
 

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