hi everyone, I am new to this forum however have had a planted tank before. I'm experimenting with a nano tank contained in a pickle jar. Currently heres my specs:
approx 1 gallon
substrate: marine sand
no c02 (maybe excel)
no ferts (maybe flourish)
light: currently a desktop daylight reading lamp & indirect sunlight during day
flora: java fern, java moss, anubias nanas
fauna: ramshorn snails
I wanted to create a tank that most resembles nature, with the plants filtering the water and providing oxygen and animals providing nutrients. I want it to be as close to self sufficient as possible. So, I just have a few questions about how to start this up.
1. Currently, my plant selection is all low maintenance however, I'm looking for a low maintenance plant that provides lots of oxygen and cleaning power, are there any available and do the ones listed above work?
2. Since there is no filter, there is no water circulation and i dont want to/its too small to add one or a powerhead. My snails are often seen going up to the surface at night (low oxygen?) I'm afraid that my marine sand substrate may also turn anaerobic and cause problems. Are these possible problems as the tank progresses and what can I do about them. I was thinking of MTS to clean the substrate. Note: snails seem to become more active after a water change.
3. Wanting it to be as natural as possible, I dont mind bugs and organisms swimming around, what are possible suggestions for adding the tank that would also be beneficial to the "ecosystem" I was thinking daphnia? I also dont mind algae developing if it is a way to provide food for snails/organisms.
4. Lastly, just any tips anyone may have on this type of tank would be great and any potential problems I could encounter.
Thanks so much,
Just registered so I have not figured out how to upload photos but if your interested here is a link to my flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/paperpx...7621890443698/