Inspired by a bit of reading from Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
, I decided to use some leftover gravel and some soil to set up my own Walstad-style shrimp bowl, to be filled with native shrimp and possibly a few more native plants...
1 gallon Anchor Hocking bowl. $6 at Walmart.
MiracleGro Organic Potting Soil. $4 at Walmart for an 8 qt bag. Hardly any used.
- I "washed" this stuff first. I mixed handfuls thoroughly with two gallons of water, allowed it to settle, and took only what had sunk. Figured it would be easier than picking out the floating bits later.
Natural river rock gravel, leftovers from 8g. Otherwise $5 for 5 lb at PetCo.
El cheapo clamp-on desk lamp with a 26W CFL. $2.50 at the flea market. Minimal heat, minimal cost, lots of light. (26W/gallon! Phew!)
Palaemonetes sp? -
- Collected this from a pond on campus. My professor told me that the edges were weeded every few months. Well, that was all the permission I needed. I then proceeded to walk across campus with a handful of weeds. Got plenty of strange looks, but I hope they'll be beautiful and lively in my bowl. Probably going to add some more once I have time to walk down to the pond again, and this time I'll be prepared with my bucket so I can grab even more!
- These guys aren't in the bowl yet. I'm going to give the plants a little while to settle in, then add them. I didn't know until pretty recently that ghost shrimp were native to my region! Cool!
Still hoping to add some floating plants once I can find some. Might be time for a trip to the local state park. Any suggestions from this page?
I've heard duckweed is good, but the water fern is really pretty, too.
Overall really pleased with this little guy. I'm excited to watch the plants grow in and take over the bowl.
EDIT: Probably not a good idea to leave the windows open and the lamp on at night. Being attacked by moths who left the lamp as soon as I turned it off and are now discovering the lovely glow of my laptop screen...
I'm a marine biologist, not an entomologist, dangit!