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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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SO i found a container store giftcard and picked up a 1 gallon glass jar. it has 4 sides with rounded edged. Any ideas on how I could go about setting up a neet little nano in there? The lid is tin, so im thinking of clear coating it and cutting a hole in the top for light. Any livestock i could keep in there?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 12:49 AM
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pics would really help. do you want a planted jar with shrimp?
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Well I want a planted jar, with or without shirmp. I think I'm going for a 360 type thing.

Heres the Jar:
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So I added a piece of Texas Holey rock I found in my basement, along with some old playsand mixed with black sand. I added a few DHG runners from my 10 gallon along with little bits of flame moss, 2 microswords and a piece of HC I found floating around.
I want to try either adding CO2 to the set up (using like on of the regular water bottles) or possible adding some shrimp or a betta. I know the CO2 would be too much for the shrimp because there wouldn't be any other aeration besides what the plants provide, but could a betta be ok with the co2 since it breathes air? (I'm also willing to abandon the idea of co2 if you guys think its overkill).

Also any ideas on what I could improve on?

Here are some pics from 2 different sides of the jar:
The mist at the top are tons of little air bubbles (coming from the sand).
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Bettas like having space to move. I always feel bad when I have had to keep mine in anything smaller than 5 gallons. They tend to get depressed looking. Shrimp and snails would be happier, I think.

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it really depends on the betta. the poor plakat at my lfs is guarding a floating javafern for dear life, in fear of losing his territory. I dare say a 1/2 gallon would be big enough for that guy! he's bigger than most of the other fish in the tank too! this was an 100g btw. lol. It was sooo funny
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haha, interesting about the betta guarding that piece of Java fern. I get they like swimming room, so I may just go shrimp in here. regardless, I'm probably going to let the tank grow out a few weeks before I add anything besides snails. Any plants you guys think I should add? or possibly any other fish (I realize its not likely that many fish would be too happy in a 1 gallon of water).
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I have several old gallon jars I'd like to plant, so I will be watching this thread closely, especially if you end up with shrimp, etc. I'm very interested how you'll do lighting and other tech needs. Thanks for starting it!

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Ill do an update in a week or so once Ive got it mostly figured out. for lighting I jsut have a desk lamp with a 120 cfl bulb. I might change that though, it was just what I had on hand, and I like the white light it gives off.
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I look forward to your update. I hope the desk lamp turns out to be enough, because that would work well here.

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forget about a betta in this, turn it brackish and go with Halocaridina rubra. many people on here keep them. you can find the for cheap around the forums. just ask some owners and they'll share
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Those look awesome! only trouble is I don't really want to integrate salt water into my water changes.
Also how would I go about planting that? I dont have brackish plants, or would I acclimate my current plants?
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you can use chaeto algae, other macroalgaes. just do a bit of research on them and what people keep them with. brackish water is super easy. what makes these shrimp and amazing choice for the jar is that they are much more hardy than the toughest cherry shrimp you'll find. they can handle such a small aquatic system that you're trying to build.

With these, you don't have to do many water change for them. take a look at what other people do. they mostly just top off the water and maybe do a water change a few times a year. but you must cycle the jar as with any tank.

depending on the salinity you will use, some aquatic mosses can handle it.
Just consider the brackish option. you most likely will never regret it. plus its something new to learn about. you jar would be pretty unique
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That sounds pretty interesting. I think, since I've already set up the jar, I'll keep it freshwater. Ill definitely keep brackish in mind for the future. Those are some very beautiful shrimp.
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here is a link for you:
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