Ultra Low Tech Fish Bowl

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Hello Everyone!

After binge-watching Youtube videos from George Farmer and MD Fish Tanks, I was inspired to aquascape a 17-litre fish bowl with no heater, filter, CO2 or fertilisers. This scape is mainly composed of Bucephalandra Sp. I find this species very interesting an unique and I wanted to try and included as many varieties as I could.

Tank: 35cm (17 Litres) Fish Bowl
Hardscape: Root Wood and Dragon Stone
Substrate: Tropica Substrate (Powder)
Lighting: 40W LED Desk Lamp

Plants:

Bucephalandra Caterina 'Pygmaea',
Bucephalandra Lamandau Mini Red,
Bucephalandra Mini Needle Leaf,
Bucephalandra Theia Green,
Eleocharis Acicularis Mini,
Hygrophila Pinnatifida,
Hydrocotyle Tripartita "Mini"
Microsorum Pteropus Trident

1. Added the Tropica Substate Powder.

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2. Arranged the hardscape (Root Wood and Dragon Stone).

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3. Plants are arranged and then planted.

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4. Filled up the bowl with fresh dechlorinated water.

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I also made a video on how I set up this fishbowl aquascape!


Here is a picture of the scape a day after when everything settled down.

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Thanks for looking!
 

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Nice! It’s an aquatic bonsai in a bowl. Do you keep any live stock? With no live stock and no feeding, I don’t think No Fert is sustainable as the nutrients reserve in the substrate will eventually run out. How long have you set up yours.

I also maintain 4 shrimp bowls, zero tech, not even artificial light, on my west facing windows. But I supplement fert by feeding the shrimp and replacing some water now and then from my big planted tanks which I fertilize regularly.

Mine are fully planted with carpet plants and floaters, and receive direct sunlight for 4 to 6 hours in the afternoon, and bright shade for the balance of the day. I keep cherry shrimp and snails, no fish except made of glass. They have been set up for 2 + years with no algae after establishment except for spirogyra which I removed by hand from time to time. Now that I placed plastic grid screen behind them to cut off 2/3 light intensity, the spirogyra growth is under control. I have dwarf hair grass, dwarf Sag, guppy grass, frogbit and salvia floaters. Due to intense sunlight, I cannot grow low light Buce, Anubias or Java fern.
 

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Nice! It’s an aquatic bonsai in a bowl. Do you keep any live stock? With no live stock and no feeding, I don’t think No Fert is sustainable as the nutrients reserve in the substrate will eventually run out. How long have you set up yours.

I also maintain 4 shrimp bowls, zero tech, not even artificial light, on my west facing windows. But I supplement fert by feeding the shrimp and replacing some water now and then from my big planted tanks which I fertilize regularly.

Mine are fully planted with carpet plants and floaters, and receive direct sunlight for 4 to 6 hours in the afternoon, and bright shade for the balance of the day. I keep cherry shrimp and snails, no fish except made of glass. They have been set up for 2 + years with no algae after establishment except for spirogyra which I removed by hand from time to time. Now that I placed plastic grid screen behind them to cut off 2/3 light intensity, the spirogyra growth is under control. I have dwarf hair grass, dwarf Sag, guppy grass, frogbit and salvia floaters. Due to intense sunlight, I cannot grow low light Buce, Anubias or Java fern.
They look really interesting! At the moment I have a few yellow shrimp and a pair of endler guppys. The set is up about 3 weeks old and the plants are showing good growth and I have been changing the water once a week.
 

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They look really interesting! At the moment I have a few yellow shrimp and a pair of endler guppys. The set is up about 3 weeks old and the plants are showing good growth and I have been changing the water once a week.
As much as I live your bowl, sad to see that it contains fishes...bowl aren’t made for putting livestock in it.
 

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Have you measured temperature range?

Great to see these sorts of aquariums :)
There is diurnal temp fluctuation of as much as 17 to 26C in winter, and 21 to 31C in summer. They are in an HVAC room with moderation. Without AC, I’m afraid I may have cooked shrimp soup in summer heat. Another big gyration is pH which varies from 7.2 to 8.8 pre and post sunlight photosynthetic period due to stripping of CO2. I can observe oxygen streaming when full sunlight hit.
 
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As much as I live your bowl, sad to see that it contains fishes...bowl aren’t made for putting livestock in it.
I understand your point, I am testing and changing the water regularly if I do see the fish starting to stress out I have another aquarium where they can be placed into.
 

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They look really interesting! At the moment I have a few yellow shrimp and a pair of endler guppys. The set is up about 3 weeks old and the plants are showing good growth and I have been changing the water once a week.
Plants grow well initially with new soil that generates nutrients and CO2. Unless the soil is too hot that generates excessive nutrients, there is no need for weekly water change. What do you replace the WC water with?

My plants started to decline after the soil cooled down in about a year. So I started doing periodic WC to replace with not clean water but dirty water from my big tank to replenish lost nutrients.

Guppys will eat baby shrimp. So if you want to sustain shrimp population in a nano bowl, it has to be fishless. I keep glass fish.
 

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