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02-10-2013 03:05 AM
1Gallon Jar

you will need stem plants...vals and microswords arent exactly the fastest growing things XD
02-10-2013 02:22 AM
holoublahee I had added like 5-6 vals, and around 5 microswords.

I'll keep that in mind for the next time I set it--or any other small tank for that matter--up.
02-10-2013 02:00 AM
1Gallon Jar

I set up jars and small tanks a lot... anywhere from 1/4gal to 2.5gallons...

An important things is to NOT change the water... you want the ecosystem to sort itself out....and you also need to plant with plants which will cater for the bioload you intend to put in there
02-10-2013 01:51 AM
MSG The unpleasant smell was probably bacteria and from the photos, it didn't have ENOUGH plants. Was it sulphur based type odors?

I've had some common flower vases by the windowsill filled with plants since October they've never generated anything foul. No extra lighting other than what they receive from the windowsill.
02-10-2013 01:30 AM
holoublahee I scrapped the jar. It started giving off a weird smell. Which is strange since I've been doing 90% waterchanges daily. I might start it up again, but brackish in a few months.
02-04-2013 01:00 AM
Newman here is a link for you:
02-04-2013 12:50 AM
holoublahee 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.
02-04-2013 12:34 AM
Newman 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
02-03-2013 10:56 PM
holoublahee 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?
02-03-2013 10:38 PM
Newman 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
02-03-2013 08:15 PM
mosspearl I look forward to your update. I hope the desk lamp turns out to be enough, because that would work well here.
02-03-2013 07:31 PM
holoublahee 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.
02-03-2013 06:47 PM
mosspearl 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!
02-03-2013 06:34 PM
holoublahee 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).
02-03-2013 06:13 PM
1Gallon Jar

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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