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late night shrimp bowl build


yannachka
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so i love going to stores and looking for jars, bowls, and other containers to make little jarrariums and terrariums. i came across 2 pretty decently sized bowls. these have been sitting in storage for a few weeks and i decided last night that i’ll make a shrimp bowl using only the materials i have in storage. 

anyone else constantly buying new stuff “to try” and is left with a very full storage room?

 

in pretty happy with how it turned out, the opening of the bowl is about 9” and it is 12” at the widest. no filter and no heater. also sorry about the bad lighting and photos, 2am me apparently cannot work a camera. also unnecessarily difficult to take photos of bowls it turns out.

 

step 1:

i decided to use my favorite substrate combo which is fluval stratum mixed with fluorite dark i love the natural look and i find those two substrates mix well together for good plant growth  

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step 2:

i have this statue cave i bought online last year that i planned to use in a jar terrarium, never got around to doing it so i forced myself to use it as a centerpiece.

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step 4:

i had exactly two pieces of spider wood that were small enough to fit into the bowl so those are the two pieces i shoved in. i did like how they branched out and gave the appearance of arms to the statue. 

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step 5:

i had a storage container full of seiryu stone from a previous build, unfortunately it was all pretty large pieces but i was able to pick a few to put in the bowl. the stone matched the appearance of the statue pretty well and i liked the look.

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i thought this was going to be the final resting place but i don’t trust those ikea wall shelves and there was barely any room for a light so i moved it to my plant stand.

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step 6:

plants! i pulled plants from the medusa jungle tank and i had a little tissue culture package of s. repens i was saving for that tank. i also pulled a few plants from the goldfish tank. if anyone could ID the moss i have that would be very appreciated. 

plants used: crypt lucens, crypt wendtii, red giant jungle val (excited to see how this will look in here), java ferns, wisteria, s. repens, creeping jenny, unknown moss, dwarf hairgrass, deep red ludwigia, and a few floaters

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step 7:

fill it up and add some bacteria booster. i keep a gallon of fritz zyme bacteria in the fridge i use and its worked well for me  

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the water was foggy this morning (i didnt rinse the fluorite, oops) so i did a 50% water change. the water is still foggy in these photos but it’ll clear like always. i’ll post good photos once it has cleared! also the light is temporary, i didnt have any nice lights to use but i am going to swap it for a nice pendant light of sorts.  

 

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the moss

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excited about this val and how it will look long term, these are baby shoots i pulled from the gf tank  

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33 minutes ago, yannachka said:

@Mike thanks! i have way too many jars i need to build. terrariums can be just as, if not more addictive than fish tanks since you can make pretty small ones. the bowl is sitting right next to one housing a jumping spider. 

id love to see your builds and what you are keeping!

Here’s a couple things in my office

First one is a jar with some mini hairgrass, salvinia, wandering jewel cuttings, some kind of anubias, a stray dwarf baby tears and a random pogostemon stellatus octopus cutting. It currently has a pond snail and two nerites

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This one is a future shrimp bowl. I think I may do a Skittles bowl in here with multiple colors. Haven’t decided yet. Only plants are dwarf hairgrass, moneywort, and salvinia. The hairgrass already needs a trimming. 
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I like the magnification effect of many jars and bowls. Fun to play with the perspective of the scape using it.

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1 hour ago, Mike said:

Here’s a couple things in my office

First one is a jar with some mini hairgrass, salvinia, wandering jewel cuttings, some kind of anubias, a stray dwarf baby tears and a random pogostemon stellatus octopus cutting. It currently has a pond snail and two nerites

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This one is a future shrimp bowl. I think I may do a Skittles bowl in here with multiple colors. Haven’t decided yet. Only plants are dwarf hairgrass, moneywort, and salvinia. The hairgrass already needs a trimming. 
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I like the magnification effect of many jars and bowls. Fun to play with the perspective of the scape using it.

i love your jars! i did try to use the warped perspective to make the statue and driftwood look larger/more menacing. we will see if it worked. do you mess around with paludariums  and stuff? i love combining aquariums with emersed/terrestrial plants. 

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1 hour ago, yannachka said:

i love your jars! i did try to use the warped perspective to make the statue and driftwood look larger/more menacing. we will see if it worked. do you mess around with paludariums  and stuff? i love combining aquariums with emersed/terrestrial plants. 

I haven't gotten into paludariums or ripariums yet... Yet 😉 I'm sure my time is coming haha. SerpaDesign videos always nudge me to find space for another project 😛

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the water cleared up and it tested good so i moved the shrimp in. managed to grab some photos with my camera, i do like how large the shrimp look with the distortion.

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accidentally let some duckweed in when adding the shrimp in.. probably going to make a feeder ring to keep the center clear.

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i cant wait till the plants grow in.

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8 minutes ago, Andy's Fish Den said:

Nice little bowl there! I have collected a few bowls and large vases that I've thought of planting but haven't gotten to it. This has given some inspiration though.

go for it! lots of fun to build. i like the challenge of only being able to use the supplies you have on hand, really forces you to actually use them

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