Well, it took me long enough, but I finally planted my glass jug last week. It has a 4 inch substrate base of onxy sand and some flourite and gravel that I had leftover from other projects.
I've had the substrate, some java moss and some hairgrass growing in there for months. I didn't do much except change the water once in a while.
Last week I pumped in some DIY CO2, and planted a couple of foxtail (I think they are foxtails...my four year old was at the LFS with me, talking the whole time so I couldn't really concentrate. Anyway its one of those pretty feathery asparagus fern looking plants.)
I set the jug on a stand in a corner of my office where I spent most of my time. It is near a window, but the window only gets a little bit of full sun which I will have to monitor carefully, I know. I've situated the jug so that some of it stays a tiny bit shaded. I'm supplementing the sunlight with a 10 watt daylight screw in bulb.
So far the temperature of the jug has fallen as low as 60 at night and gone as high as 80 when the sun is at its strongest.
I added 4 white cloud mountain minnows and two algea eating shrimp. One minnow died the first day. I buried him deep in the substrate using a long bamboo stick with a prong carved into one end. I also use this stick to hold the CO2 tube down during the day and to do the planting.
There's no filter. So far I've emptied about 15% of the water and replaced it with fresh water almost every day. A couple of times a day I pour a stream of water down the neck of the jug to add some oxygen.
Its been about a week and the fish and shrimp seem relaxed and happy. The plants are pearling a lot.
Any thoughts or ideas about all of this? The main thing that I'm worried about is the temperature drop at night. I need some way to regulate the heat a bit better, I think. I chose the White clouds because they can endure the temperature changes and they are so small. During the summer I'll probably have to move the jug even further from the sunlight.
Eclipse system 3, substrate topsoil and gravel, planted, 4 watts per gallon, DIY CO2, one Betta.
55 Gallon tank, substrate flourite, planted, 4 clown loaches, one pleco, 6 zebra danios, two ghost shrimp, two algea eating shrimp, 5 cherry barbs, 2 Siamese algea eaters, one angel fish, 4 albino glowlite tetras and two really adorable weather loaches.