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Old 07-30-2006, 11:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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good grief that is one awesome looking bowl.

how does the beta get around!!?

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Old 07-31-2006, 07:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Well, the top half of the Betta Bowl is for swimming and when Euro is not being shy (when he wants to eat); the bottom half of the tank is for hiding in which Euro loves to do. Sometimes he will find a leaf (Anubias) that he likes to rest on.

So long as I keep it filled to the top with water, Euro has PLENTY of room to swim around.

I am hoping to duplicate this with the Dwarf Sag in my 10 Gallon tank. LIKE NOW! Oh well, patience I guess is required. shoot.....
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Old 08-02-2006, 01:36 PM   #23 (permalink)
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OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betta Bowl EXPLOSION AT WORK!!

I just today discovered in my 'overgrown' Betta Bowl
a BEAUTIFUL new, fresh, bright green (I love that color) leaf on my Anubias.

I went to turn the Bowl and forgot to hold it from the base or bottom and went to turn it around gripping the top edge rim to change the view, AND BROKE THE BOWL!!!! The water came out so fast I was trying to hold the bowl and tilt it to keep most of the water in the Bowl and keep Euro okay, all while trying to untangle my mouse cord and keep the water from ruining my entire cubicle desk with papers everywhere!!!!!!!!! Luckily a lot of the paperwork was a project I just finished last week. I set it aside to dry (I could actually throw it out) so I can work on mailing letters to clients that I was not able to reach.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I guess I have no choice! I guess I 'have to' rescape, replant, harvest or whatever you call it for a new Betta Bowl or Tank.

I have the Betta Bowl in a small Trash Can somewhat on its side to keep the rest of the water and Euro safe inside. I left a note for the office cleaning guy to leave it for me to take care of.

This is going to be the biggest pain in the neck! Well, I will bet anything I will have more than plenty of Dwarf Sag to 'harvest' and plant in my 10 Gallon Tank. Try doing this in an office without attracting any attention!! (Way before work, or way after work - only time to do it.)

So what do you guys suggest? Get another Betta Bowl the same shape and size from Wal*Mart or get a 5 Gallon rectangular tank from the local pet store?

Honestly, I don't think the 5 Gallon tank will be tall enough to look good on the desk. I think I might just get the same thing.

This time I am going to invest the money in a Lazy Susan to turn the Bowl around with to admire.

Suggestions?
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Sorry to hear about the demise of your avatar bowl. At least you get to start all over again and make it even better!

The lazy susan idea is a good idea. I don't care for round bowls. For a nano, I would want a finnex 4 gallon from ebay, or maybe a JBJ 6 gallon.

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My Anubias is absolutely gorgeous! I have not seen that in its entirety in awhile. No algae at all and just a beautiful specimen of a plant. Pulled that out of the center and it came out with the perfect combination of Anubias, Java Fern with no algae at all, and a small bunch of Dwarf Sag. I will use this in the new bowl. Looked at all the great shapes in the store, but finally caved and got the boring regular 'goldfish' bowl 1 gallon with very thick glass.
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My Dwarf Sag was a hearty gorgeous circular matt!
Maybe I should have put that into my 10 Gallon Tank as one piece but I didn't.

I completely tore down my entire 10 Gallon tank and redid it. I would never do this unless I absolutely had to. I redid the substrate as best I could to slope from Back to Front. I put nice threads or threads of bunches of the Dward Sag all along the front of the tank.

I even had a good number of huge bunches with great roots that I put in the 27 Gallon Tank.

When I eventually bring the Betta Bowl back into the office, it will start out again with a 'slight' ring of Dwarf Sag that I know with time will regrow.

My hats to those that do teardowns on a regular basis.
That is A LOT of work!
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Looked at all the great shapes in the store, but finally caved and got the boring regular 'goldfish' bowl 1 gallon with very thick glass.
We will miss the truly cool bowl, but I'm sure your next desk topper will be just as smashing. Keep us updated with pictures.

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Thank you.

My wife commented very late tonight why my Bowl was still on the Dining Room table. I am motivated to return it to the office because the only thing I have for light is a workshop light in the basement. And if I put it down there, I would never give it the attention it deserves.

I think Euro the Blue Betta, the plants, and the bowl itself needed some time to settle (nice black gold on top of Seachem Flourite and Washed Stones).

If light drives the tank, then I guess they deserved a few days off.

I will try to get it back to work on Monday. I will see if I can sneak in my digital camera to work.

Thank you very much for your kind words.
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Well, I love the plants that I have inside the Betta Bowl and I just love that Betta. The most low maintenance fish I can think of, with a personality. I can't say the same for Mollies. I like the fact that the glass on the bowl is thick and strong and I even like the look of the Seachem Flourite in the 'footprint' of the bowl. That is kind of neat.

I am having second thoughts about the 'black gold' on top of my substrate. I have some airline tubing at work that I can use as a siphon to suck up the 'black gold' and water and 'fertilize' the bosses' plants with.

I was thinking that the 'black gold' might somehow be good for the plants, but looks wise.....
With my plants looking so good, and the Seachem Flourite looking so good, the black mulm just looks like .........DIRT!
I think I have enough good bacteria in my substrate and with the Betta and the plants, that it will just look SO MUCH BETTER - cleaned.

So unless someone tells me that I should not do this, I will try to clean it up by changing the water more often and/or siphoning it when I change the water. It does settle fairly easily though.

Any comments from the El Naturale people?
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