After my plans for today (read: go to Milford and buy fish) got thrown out the window (or rather, fell over a railing and hit their head on the concrete, which is what my little sister did), I got stuck at home passing messages around and driving other siblings to their high school and stuff. It involved a lot of waiting around. And there is a rule in my household: do not allow Amanda to get bored, for she will set up aquariums.
At least I kept it small this time around.
(The sister in question is fine, by the way, it's just a mild concussion. -.-' )
Anyway, I found this funky squarish jar lying around without a lid:
(It's about a 5" cube, too lazy to dig up a ruler to measure it and find out for sure.)
And then I said to myself, why not make do with what you've got and turn it into a little pico scape?
So I went into my backyard and grabbed a shovelful of my "CT River Mix" substrate, which was out drying so I could pack it into bags. And then I wandered over to the stream from whence it came (technically it's stream sand, but "Stream Sand" sounds ridiculous so I call it "river sand" and let it have its delusions of grandeur XD) and found myself a few neat chunks of quartz with some flecks of mica and stuff.
Added those to the jar:
Then I decided it needed a background, so I cut a chunk off a spare bit of black matboard (being a starving college artist has its benefits, I guess):
After determining the hardscape to be satisfactory, I then walked down the road to the fishing hole and got some hairgrass (my stream flows into a small river down there)
Hairgrass in its native habitat:
Added hairgrass and water, and voila!
I have absolutely no clue on the species, other than the fact that it's some form of Eleocharis. Possibly even two species of Eleocharis, since there were some patches that grew notably larger than others (~3" as opposed to ~1"). Couldn't tell you more than that, the hairgrasses all look alike to me.
Finished off by adding a few drops of excel and potassium nitrate.
The light is a little table light with a 20W incandescent (candelabra) bulb, about 5" from the water's surface. If I can find a compact flourescent locally that'll fit the tiny base, I'll swap out for that, but in the meantime this thing's so small that it can't need a ton of light.
The really cool thing is that nothing in the setup came from further than a few hundred yards from my home. It's truly a backyard scape.
Not sure if I'm going to keep it for the long run, or just let it grow out for fun for a few weeks and then take it down and use the hairgrass elsewhere, but it filled some time that would otherwise have been spent fretting over whether my sister was bleeding out at the hospital or something. *sigh*
I don't usually do nano/pico scapes like this, so any feedback from veteran nano scapers would be appreciated!