I must have missed your thread when you first posted it. Beautiful jar. I would love to try one some day.
I had to write in support of what you are doing. I was diagnosed with RSD/CRPS in 2001 but had it for a few years before that. I used to have a huge outdoor garden, and hybridized daylilies, had a sales garden and mail order business Now almost all of the outdoor plants are gone. Only a few left, and will probably downsize that even more this fall.
I have wanted an aquarium ever since we got rid of the one I had as a child over 40 years ago, and fell in love with planted tanks a few years back. When pain was high at night, I used to watch youtube videos of planted tanks and it was so good to take my mind off the pain. One day while going in a local specialty fish store to look - I thought I am just going to go ahead and get a 5 gallon and set it up. I got a Fluval Spec V, and I put it near my bed, cycled it, joined a local fish club, got starts and trimmings from their plant guy, put a red male betta in, and it was so great to watch the betta when pain levels are so high at night. Liked it so well, moved him out to another area, and now I have a 15 gallon right by my bed, with the light cycle on at night, so I can watch them all night if I want to.
We might not be able to get out like we would want, or experience life like "normal" people - but the key is in finding joy in what we can do. And, the small planted tanks have given me such joy. I've tried nearly all the treatments for the RSD - they just have not helped, and I'm at 75% of my body now. But, I deal with it ok - meditation helps a lot, and so does sitting and watching the fish and shrimp and seeing the beauty of the plants right next to the bed. I have the 15 and two Fluval Specs with male bettas. I would LOVE to have a couple 40 breeder size tanks all planted, but the reality is that I don't think I can care for more than a 15 or 20. But, maybe I could add a couple jars.... ;-)
RSD/CRPS is a rare disease, and people that don't have it just cannot comprehend what having it is like. I just wanted to let you know you are not alone, and keep your chin up, and I hope you find something that helps you soon. I'm so glad that you have found the planted tanks and that they are helping you too!
I will be looking for one of those jars....