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« 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 !

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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
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014 02:59:03 AM »

Splendid tank and a great new use for something that didn't quite work as you'd intended it to. I love that it's making you more self-sufficient too.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014 08:41:42 AM »

I am in live with this. I always loved the look of the beta fish tanks, but I knew it couldn't be good for the poor fishy. This is a great way to get the same look and feel with none of the guilt! Congrats on figuring all of that out. I hope your breeding program works well and saves you a bunch of time and money.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2014 05:05:05 AM »

I love micro enviroments and these are great-- I need to do this too so my Ryukins can have snacks! LOL
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014 12:48:11 PM »

It looks great, I love little ecosystems like these. Congrats on being a bit more self-sustainable.
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