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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / SHRIMP BREEDER a New take on the outdated " Betta vase " on: February 20, 2014 10:22:46 AM
Hi everyone.

    Let start with a little history . I have a 30 gal planted tank with a huge ACF  a few tetras a few mystery snails a pleca and a colony of ghost shrimp . The Ghosties act as clean up crew and a live food source for Frank the African Clawed Frog . When the numbers get to low I buy some more but recently I decided why run to the pet store every month when I can breed these little ghosties myself !

steps and tools

1 gallon glass fish bowl , set up for 4 weeks to allow  nitrate cycle to form and micro life to establish ( copepods , worms , micro crustations etc ) join on thier own from seemingly no where .  Before you think of adding snails or shrimp

play sand and pea gravel for bottom

pants - Anacharis aquatic plant ( great for removing amonnia and adding oxygen )

air stone for water flow and more oxygen

plant liner tray ( for lid and upper plant support )

plant for top ( Im using anthurium )
 river rocks or marbles and moss - sphagnum or spanish

screw driver and exacto knife to cut a large  hole for roots and poke smalls holes for the air tube and extra vents

additional  step ! I dont want to have to remove the lid and plant every day to add food so I used an old " bong"  Embarrassed from My younger days  lol ! to insert thru a larger hole with the top sticking above the rocks and moss so I can drop food in easily and only remove the top once a week for water changes ( any large tube would work even a meds bottle with the  bottom cut out would be great )

 Ghost shrimp and or snails look great in these and are quite interesting to watch

The concept of keeping a betta in a bowl like this was proven unhealthy for the fish . Using this idea for ghost shrimp however is a great way to house them and add a little decorative flair to any room . Ghost shrimp do not require as much room as a beta and do not have nearly the high bioload . The plants do a great job filtering things and keep the water quality nice with 25 % weekly changes only . I get nervous about air flow so I added the extra air stone ran by a standard air pump power head and a 60 watt grow light on the desk other than that its very Low tech !

Note aquatic plants must be used in addition to the upper lid plant in order to provide enough filtration air and vegetation

 also pictured My repurposed  1.8 gallon ( in the process of growing out ) planted nano tank with only a few snails micro life plants and Marimo with mech filter
and My NO TECH amphiapod and snail jar aprox 2/3 gallon



thanks so much for looking . Ill update pics of My nano aquagarden once it fills in some more Smiley
 Video link shows everything much more clearly View My Video
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another lace rib cage on: February 06, 2014 09:21:15 AM
I cant get enough of rib cage shirts ,   from spray paint to antique lace so many things can be used to create a unique rib cage shirt
 I upcycled this 80/90s v neck sweatshirt using antique lace and a rosette heart !



 thanks for looking and have a great day
 Jayne
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Micro Terrariums and biospheres from recycled jars Now w/ tute on: January 22, 2014 11:46:30 PM
Hello , I hope this si the right board . I usually post clothing

Being trapped inside this snowy winter I find Myself becoming obsessed with plants and My window garden

Recently I recycled a mason jar an old flour jar and a wine bottle from My hubby and My  vacation to Key West last year into self sustaining bio gardens complete with live snails ! No need to feed the plants and snails take care of everything for each other .. The jars can even be sealed shut then you never need to add water - the plants create Oxygen . Im going to add some tiny ghost shrimp to the wine jar in a day or so


I also decided to try a few  micro terrariums with some tiny hen and chicks



open air micro garden with  fossilized rock



and just for fun My collection of  " Indian beads " crinoids


Thanks for looking and have a great day
Jayne
 Tute added  and more pics :

Thanks for the positive feedback  Smiley Im having a lot of fun with these . The jars with the snails are purely aquatic , The snails can breath air and they do need a small area at the top so they can come out of the water from time to time - also to lay their eggs  . I havent sealed any of the  snail jars yet because Im giving the water plenty of time to culture with good bacteria first ( ideally you would add a few drops of pond water to get the micro  organism and bacteria  going )- since its to cold to access pond water I used a few drops from My aquarium as well as taking some rocks from the aquarium gravel to get My base going .

If its warm enough you can actually collect almost all your materials from the wild !

materials :
recycled or new jar or bottle
" treated " tap water
a few drops of pond muck - try to include any copepods , annelids ,  and other water living buggies - they all add to the ecosystem and help act as
 cleaners
gravel or sand substrate
plants

its best to let your jar sit with the  micro organisms and plants for a few weeks before you add snails - this allows time for bacteria and algae to grow so your snails will have a bit of a buffet when you add them

for the land  terrariums I used just plants ( although you can add worms and rollie pollies if you have a large jar )

add some gravel or sand to the bottom of your jar - mix in a sprinkle of activated charcoal ( the kind for fish )

then a few spoons of potting soil - I used a paper cone to get it in without messing up the sides of the jar and use a long pair of tweezers to plant your plants - I added a few droppers of water and sealed them up - they should self sustain as long as they dont dry out .. if they get dry just add a few more drops of water



14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rudolph / Fawn Make up - first try on: December 24, 2013 03:22:26 PM
 Ginger Breadman decided to  do some Rudolph inspired make up and photos . What do you think ? Pin up Reindeer ?





15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shamrock cut out t and more lace rib cages on: December 05, 2013 10:11:14 AM
some more things Ive been working on recently

Shamrock cut out t



vintage 60s blouse with lace rib cage and liquid silver circle skirt


 
half print half lace tank


 thanks for looking and happy holidays
Jayne
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / CHRISTMAS TREE Cut out sweatshirt ( a take on skull cut out T's) on: December 04, 2013 01:26:43 PM
We all know and love the Skull cut out T's ... but what about for Christmas ?  The answer is Christmas tree cut out


The turtle neck underneath is sperate - cut out goes all the way thru


skull cut out T


thanks for looking and Happy Holidays
Jayne
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rib cage / skeleton Antique lace and Vintage sweat shirt recon on: November 12, 2013 12:07:24 AM
 Rib cage / skeleton Antique lace and Vintage sweat shirt recon ( I think this will be perfect for " ugly sweater " season ! )

 I took a vintage 80s sweat shirt and 3 types of green antique lace and created this cool skeleton rib cage  ! Its pretty self explanatory , Just chalk out your rib cage ( you can use another shirt for reference , free hand it , or print a template online )  pin on your lace and zig zag stitch . Its easiest to do one side at a time ( or even a few " ribs " at a time to keep everything straight . This shirt is over 25 years old so it had a few light tiny discolorations so I spattered some darker purple fabric paint on and they are totally camouflaged !



 I made a black and white version to - Ill add pics to this thread when I get them
Thanks for looking and have a great day
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tin ( wo)Man and Wicked Witch costumes on: November 04, 2013 02:29:44 PM
 Grin Im so excited about these costumes ! I hope you like them






 I had so much fun making these costumes and so much fun at the photo shoot too !

pics By Chasity Philips and Keith Gould of ACS Acid Candy Studios 
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Skeleton crazy with easy explanation on: October 23, 2013 03:44:56 PM
Ive been going crazy making Skeleton rib cage everything ! Just grab yourself a plastic skeleton from the dollar store and a can of spray paint and have some fun !
 
 spray two colors for a Half and Half


Try a vintage corset for a sexy burlesgue , pin up  skeleton look



 go " formal " with a button up dress shirt


works great on SWEATERS


Get creative with some conjoined twins !


give them the creeps from front to back with this skull cut out T


make over an old dress by adding the leg bones and all Smiley


Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween
Jayne
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Au"top"sy " insides-out" and more gory costumes on: October 03, 2013 04:38:57 PM
Ive been making bloody costumes all week , My neighbors surely think I murdered someone with all the bloody slips drying in the yard recently !

Au"top"sy shirt



"Insides -out " intestine top



death of " Doris "
Autopsy dress with realistic rubber latex autopsy scars and stitches




autopsy mini dress


patient zero - zombie dress



thanks for looking Id love to hear your tips and suggestions

have a great night/ day
Jayne

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