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Water bowls – an aquarium that fits in any place


Water bowls with tiny lotus flowers or purple water lilies and a few fish are incredibly beautiful in almost any home. The bowls do not require as much technical expertise as modern aquaria, and yet you may experience water plants flowering that only rarely flower in a traditional aquarium



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If you have ever traveled through Southeast Asia, you must have seen the characteristic water bowls that brighten up the streets and atriums. Usually, these water bowls hold a blooming water lily and a Cyperus or an Echinodorus, although the latter is certainly not indigenous to Asia. There are always fish in the water bowls; often guppies or goldfish, since fish are required to complete the true Southeast Asian water bowl.


Important Role


These water bowls play an important role because they are a convenient way to bring in beautiful and attractive water without taking up too much space. Since there are always fish in the water, the water bowl never acts as a hatching pool for the malaria mosquito (Anopheles). Should a rash mosquito lay its eggs in the bowl in an unguarded moment, the fish would assure that no mosquito would ever be able to hatch since the larvae would be eaten long before.


Nevertheless, these water bowls have been banished in Singapore and Malaysia for a number of years as part of their struggle against the annoying malaria mosquitoes.


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However, a beautifully glazed Malayan bowl with a flowering water plant may prove an attractive sight elsewhere. I have a 40-liter bowl placed just inside the hall, and over the years I am sure it has caused much more attention than the 320-liter planted aquarium in my living room.


The blue-glazed water bowl is the first thing you notice when entering our house, and if small children are among the guests, you can be certain that they have wet sleeves within two minutes. This is quite alright since we have floor tiles, so a little water on the floor does not matter considering the awareness and interest it creates among the kids.


In addition, as shown in the photo, our cat does not mind the presence of the water bowl either! It provides easy access to mature and tasty water and the fish soon learn to hide in the vegetation…


Providing the water bowls is placed in a heated room and has a sufficient light source, there are almost no limits to which plants you can grow. Our water bowl currently houses a beautifully blooming Echinodorus grandiflorus, Rotala rotundifolia, Hygrophila difformis, and a Cryptocoryne beckettii that refuses to give in although it is standing beneath the grand Echinodorus and some stems of Utricularia australis. Both the Rotala and the Hygrophila have to be cut back on a regular basis to prevent them from overgrowing the entire water bowl.


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It is exciting to grow these amphibious plants that only flower when they are allowed to grow emergent shoots. Some of the above-mentioned species are quite light-demanding, and consequently, I have placed a 125 Watt mercury lamp above the water bowls providing light 16 hours a day all year round.


I change half of the water once a week, and during the summer, when growth is fastest, I add a little Tropica Master Grow. The substrate is composed of clayish garden soil with a top layer of washed lake sand acting as a nutrient filter to avoid too many nutrients leaking to the water column.


I have also tried growing water plants outdoors, although I live in a climate with frost during winter. You just have to make sure that the water bowls are frost-resistant – if not, you may risk frost bursting it during winter. In fact, I have experienced this but I was lucky since a giant ice cube – intact with fish and plants – was left back on the terrace floor and two men were able to lift it back in place into a new plastic tub. This can be avoided by purchasing the correct frost-resistant water bowl!


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The plants in the outdoor water bowl are familiar with water lilies (Nymphaea alba) and some pondweeds (Potamogeton), but I have also tried sub-tropical plants. In that case, I had to take in the water bowls during winter.


The outdoor water bowls are also great fun. You should not be too surprised if you hear a frog croaking in the bowl one night. I have had both frogs and salamander in the outdoor water bowls. It is a great mystery to me how they have been able to enter the bowl, but they might have received some artificial help from the children?…



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