Re: How should the water be in the vase?
I stopped using ice in my base because as it melted the water level rose, which caused problems. I want to find the ice cube alternatives (small plastic bags or plastic balls filled with blue ice crap) that are small enough to fit in my base.
I might just get a small bucket like a champagne bucket and put my base in it and fill it with ice. That way no matter how much ice melts I'll still have the same level of liquid in the base.