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KingPlakat 04-11-2012 05:06 PM

1 Gallon Glass Jars (diy)
 
So I've been collecting 1 gallon glass jars for the past year to have for raising fry in and anything else I might need a 1 gallon container for. I have somewhere around 15 of them and growing. I know aquarium people get creative and I've been thinking of different ways to use them, but I WANT YOUR IDEAS!

Anyone else out there use 1 gallon jars for aquarium stuff? Looking for ideas on how to use these things. Here are some of the things I've already thought of:

-Raising fry (using them as a small aquarium)
-Holding tanks for sick fish
-Using them as giant box fixtures just by adding an uplift tube and filling them with gravel and filter floss

I've also thought about ways to try and "connect" a row of them together and have water cycle through all of them and raise fry that way, but I haven't put anything together yet. It was going to utilize a syphon tube from one jar to the other so they were all connected and have the last one drain into a small aquarium where I would place the heater, filter media, etc. and a very small return pump would add water to the first tank, creating a circuit.

I'm also thinking about ways to use them in an emersed type setup since I caught the emersed bug. I think they would be good for keeping stems and plants that might need a little vertical support on the sides, or just using them for ground cover plants to separate them into perfect circles (the shape of the jar) which I could then pass off to others or sell. Obviously the height of the jar would be a pain to get in and out of with scissors and the like, but I imagine it would contain a lot of the moisture. I would need to consider drilling a drain though.

Let me know what you guys are thinking and if you have any ideas that I might not have thought of!

If you guys need any let me know! I went to That Pet Place and they were selling them for some outrageous amount like $7 or something...what a ripoff.

Powchekny 04-11-2012 05:21 PM

Culture containers to raise daphnia, rotifers, infusoria, mosquito larvae

With the lids, great to move fish and critters in the car. They seal, so they won't leak if they fall over.

With a pump and some tubing, they could be a sump for a nano tank.

ElBoltonero 04-11-2012 06:19 PM

People do mini planted shrimp tanks with them.

KingPlakat 04-12-2012 03:05 AM

Thanks for the input guys!

Fishies_in_Philly 04-12-2012 02:23 PM

A little moss, a twig or two and you have an opae (?) Tank. Those shrimp can live a ridiculously long time in a sealed tank. I'm think $20/per or so at the flea market...lol

Fishies_in_Philly 04-12-2012 02:36 PM

I would probably set them up as a nerite breeding setup. One jar with an airstone and salt water and a few brackish graduating to fresh water. I'd love to see what kind of morphs would pop up.

KingPlakat 04-12-2012 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fishies_in_Philly (Post 1815680)
A little moss, a twig or two and you have an opae (?) Tank. Those shrimp can live a ridiculously long time in a sealed tank. I'm think $20/per or so at the flea market...lol

I had to search Opae to find out what you were talking about...strange to say the least haha

KingPlakat 04-12-2012 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Fishies_in_Philly (Post 1815694)
I would probably set them up as a nerite breeding setup. One jar with an airstone and salt water and a few brackish graduating to fresh water. I'd love to see what kind of morphs would pop up.

I've never had any nerites in my tanks...the MTS does the job pretty well. So well that I intentionally feed them to grow their population. When I first started up my planted tank the anubias had algae on it's leave from too much light. Once the population grew large enough I could start seeing lines on the leaves where the snails had eaten away the algae...it was pretty cool. Now all the leaves are clean :)

Plus don't nerites tend to "crawl" out of the aquarium sometimes?

Fishies_in_Philly 04-12-2012 06:15 PM

Haven't had any pro s with nerites climbing out. But i almost did a dumb thing last night and threw a nerite in my shrimp tank that is currently housing 4 assassins....lol

ThinkTank 04-12-2012 06:46 PM

i'd line them up in a window, stick an airstone in them and plant em. Grow out mosses, stems, etc for scaping your main tanks.

Use for selective shrimp breeding or fry.

I like Bills nerite suggestion if thats something you're interested in.


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