Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
Gilly, does that bowl have a filter too or just the bubbles? That is a really cool looking bowl for them.
? for both Rarepuss and Gilly, how often you need need to clean out the bowl, not having a filter? I had large aquariums growing up and now I am thinking about getting a goldfish or betta. I really think Monte would love it too!
Mine has a filter as well as the air bubbles. I change the filter cartridge every 6 weeks. A new filter costs about Â£4 a time. The only other maintenance that I need to do is a 30% water change every 1 week. The water is treated beforehand with chemicals to clear the chlorine etc and left to stand for 24hrs before it is added.
My bowl was cycled - I left it for 1 month before adding any fish. You should only add 1-2 fish to start with anyway so that the filter can get used to the new work it has to do. The more fish you have, the more waste they produce, hence the quality of the water will get worse. With a bowl the size I have, 30 litres, you can only have 2 small goldfish but around 15-20 small tropical fish if you wish (with tropical you will need a suitable heater).
Other than that I clean the outside on a regular basis (dust, cat prints, cat snot prints etc). I find it really easy to keep as the gravel supplied is called ceramic media. This keeps the bowl biological so you should never, ever have to change all of the water. Note how clear the water is yet there is little maintenance. On top of the gravel I have added my own stones for the prettier effect.
It is called a biOrb, I bought it from a local pet shop but the official people are Reef One.
Have a look at the site to find more info as to what is involved. They also have another bowl called the biUbe and sell my bowl in a 60 litre version.
(Reef One's site is very misleading as they show up to 6 goldfish in the biOrb... this is not suitable IMO)
Hope that helped