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"
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
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