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Lula_Mae

 It looks so good! And so lush! That growth is crazy haha. Those blondies :wub:

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natalia_la_loca

Oh hey 😝 long time no see! So I still have two reefbowls!

 

They’re more or less on autopilot bc I have a lot of other hobbies and stuff. But...still going!

 

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Tempestas

Yay!

 

So glad to see the that the bowls are still going strong. They are still looking as beautiful as ever. How is the shrimp bowl doing?

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natalia_la_loca

It’s doing really really well! They’re still breeding...here’s a pic I took today.

 

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Lula_Mae

Looks awesome! I love how many shrimp you have! I'm starting up another vase for some more Opae ula because they are such great little guys!

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OldManSea
On 12/16/2019 at 4:44 PM, natalia_la_loca said:

Oh hey 😝 long time no see! So I still have two reefbowls!

 

They’re more or less on autopilot bc I have a lot of other hobbies and stuff. But...still going!

 

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Still looking spectacular!  I had wondered if you retired them.

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natalia_la_loca
12 hours ago, Lula_Mae said:

Looks awesome! I love how many shrimp you have! I'm starting up another vase for some more Opae ula because they are such great little guys!

Right?! They are sooooo incredibly easy and cool! 
 

12 hours ago, OldManSea said:

Still looking spectacular!  I had wondered if you retired them.

 

yeah, I don’t really see myself retiring them unless I move or something. My interest in reefing varies, but maintenance is so easy that I  can keep them going even if I’m not feeling all that enthusiastic about coral at a given time. That’s the beauty of vase/bowl/jar reefs!

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Kentech5

Incredible thread to read through. Ive been reading through it since Monday. Definitely seems like a fun extra project and since it’s a bowl it doesn’t count as Multi Tank Syndrome right?

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natalia_la_loca
On 12/21/2019 at 12:35 AM, Kentech5 said:

since it’s a bowl it doesn’t count as Multi Tank Syndrome right?


exactly 😝 thanks for checking out the thread!

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SeaFurn

I'm so happy to see the bowl is still as beautiful as ever.  

Don't tell anyone but I'm actually thinking about moving my recent 2.5 gal pico contest tank into my bowl because I miss it so much.  Just gotta figure out how to reconfigure the scape first. 

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natalia_la_loca

Your secret is safe with me 🤐 and I support the move to a bowl 1000%

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Wingy

Try giving a thin slice of blanched zucchini  to the Opae.  Mine love it.  Because the Opae scrape to get their food the zuchini doesn't foul the water and is easy to remove.

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natalia_la_loca

@Wingy thanks, I’ll give that a try!

 

here are a couple pics of the newer bowl today before the water change...

 

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Tempestas

Wow. Things are looking even more amazing. I love that the heads of the figures are still visible.

 

What are your thoughts on the bowl as an art piece at this time? Has the direction changed at all?

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natalia_la_loca

@Tempestas I like that the heads are still visible too. it’s progressing pretty much as I imagined...two of the figures are almost completely covered in montipora and basically unrecognizable. They’ve been reclaimed by nature and the monti is now starting to cover a third figure. Is it nature, is it art, is it a little bit of both, I don’t know but I love it!

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Christopher Marks

It's good to see you and the pico reef bowls @natalia_la_loca! Simply stunning! 😮 

On 12/18/2019 at 8:03 AM, natalia_la_loca said:

I don’t really see myself retiring them unless I move or something. My interest in reefing varies, but maintenance is so easy that I  can keep them going even if I’m not feeling all that enthusiastic about coral at a given time. That’s the beauty of vase/bowl/jar reefs!

Amen! My pico reef jar is going strong with coral growth, despite an occasional month or two of neglect.

 

What kind of cleanup crew do you have in them these days? I'm looking to add some more snails to my reef jar soon, curious what types you've had success with long term.

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natalia_la_loca
On 1/21/2020 at 2:07 PM, Christopher Marks said:

 

What kind of cleanup crew do you have in them these days? I'm looking to add some more snails to my reef jar soon, curious what types you've had success with long term.


thanks 🙂 my cleanup crew is all trochus snails all the time. They live for years and do a great job removing biofilm. 

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natalia_la_loca

Hey, checking in again for another update 🤓 My older reefbowl will be 5 years old next month! I was lazy about maintenance for a while but the bowls are pretty forgiving. the shrimp bowl is doing great too.

 

 

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Christopher Marks

Wow 5 years, that's incredible @natalia_la_loca! I'm so happy to see your reef bowl is still running so well, it's stunning! What has your maintenance routine been like lately? 

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thanks 🙂 I’m still feeding once a week with a variety of different coral feeds, then doing a 90-100% water change 3-4 days later, during which i treat any nuisance algae with peroxide, trim corals, etc. it’s still pretty low maintenance.

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SeaFurn

So great to see! Are you still using the PAR38 bulb? 

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natalia_la_loca

Yup :) 

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Christopher Marks

Congratulations on your second reef profile! 
 

 

I am so glad we could follow up and share a long term update on your reef bowls! Thanks for all your contributions!

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natalia_la_loca

yay, thanks ☺️ it’s been a fun ride!  
 

Uh so I’ve just been gifted a quart size candy jar and i’m thinking some thoughts 😅

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natalia_la_loca

well, that escalated quickly

 

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