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Old 15-01-2014, 21:10   #1
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Aquarium Aboard

So I'm a biologist and have recently come across the Walstad aquarium method. Basically requires a bowl, potting soil, aquatic plants, sand and a work light.
I've tested this method using a 4 gallon vase.
The bowl/aquarium cycled in 2 weeks haven't had to do a water change since. MEANING this can come on any sailing trip.
I've used it to keep a betta and nerite snail. And more recently 10 red cherry shrimp for about a month, which are surprisingly fun to watch and reproduce quickly.
If you're interested PM me and I can walk you through it.
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Old 15-01-2014, 21:17   #2
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Will a Betta get seasick if the boat is in a seaway?

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Old 15-01-2014, 21:21   #3
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Will a Betta get seasick if the boat is in a seaway?

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No, get a round bowl or vase. The round container will limit the pitch.
Also an idea, if the betta is a pet you can rig a hammock similar to a planter hammock and hang it from the Bimini.
http://m.instructables.com/id/How-to...ope-holder-ki/
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If you never leave dock side...sure.

First time you are in 6-8 footers, I feel sorry for the fish.
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Having had fresh and salt water aquariums ranging from 50 to 800 gallons for the better part of 35 years I would love to see a video of the aquarium while the boat was underway.

Do you have a gimbal for the tank, or is there some way to keep the water in. I can't imagine the stress on the inhabitants while being sloshed around while underway...
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The irony of carrying an aquarium aboard a boat is delicious.

I would just install a view port in the hull and call it done.
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The irony of carrying an aquarium aboard a boat is delicious.

I would just install a view port in the hull and call it done.


Assuming you sail in clear water
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Re: Aquarium Aboard

Maybe I've always done it wrong but my experience using a hammock type of arrangement if anything, exacerbated the problem with swinging on a boat under way. In theory it sounds good. Suspend something in a hammock hanging in the boat and the boat rocks around while gravity holds the hammock and contents vertical and still.

In practice when I tried hanging mini-hammocks in the galley to hold small fruits and vegetables when the boat rocked in a seaway the hammock just slammed the stuff around.
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I would just install a view port in the hull and call it done.
Exactly. When I lived in crappy little apartments in cities, I always kept them stuffed with potted plants (and aquaria.) When I finally moved back to the farm, I didn’t need any of those things any more because it’s all just outside the window.

And on the boat, there is the issue of transporting live organisms across borders...
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A lot of power boats have huge aquariums. They call them “Bait Wells”.
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A lot of power boats have huge aquariums. They call them “Bait Wells”.
Yeah but you only need to keep them alive for the day...heck even a 20% die off isn't a big issue.
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