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« 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
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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



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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014 12:06:59 AM »

How totally cool. Would you create a tute for everyone, or PM me with ideas. I would love to make one of these for my own. I have done similar terrariums, but none this small. Mine were gallon wine jug size, but I don't have space for those anymore.

And you can completely seal them?? Even with the animals in there?? I know that plants do create oxygen...and obviously you have given spaces for the snails to come up out of the water. When they wish to. How do you keep their slime off the glass? You know, the snail trail.

Those ghost shrimp are neat. I grew up with them...they called them Sea Monkeys  Grin You ordered them from the backs of the comic books.

These are really neat. I have some cool fossil rocks, too. Wonderful additions for your idea. Winter is bland. I am with you on that one as well. But I only have limited space with sunlight. These would be great to add to my windowsill. Mine would be southern light. But it gets good early morning sun. Do you think it would like it there?
My jade plants do fine, but I don't think you can ever kill them  Grin

Wonderful share...now you have me thinking. And turning up rocks in the snow to find snails  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014 03:57:22 PM »

Rocked 'em!  I have a collection of homemade terrariums too, but I've never added snails.  I'm definitely going to try that one in the spring.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014 05:03:21 PM »

Lovely! My partner and I have just started getting into terrariums. We made one from a vintage tea decanter that we found in a free pile. They look like this:  http://ancientpoint.com/inf/46510-vintage_silver_plated_glass_coffee_decantor__warmer_stand__carafe__tea_pot.html

So much fun, and very addicting.
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