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peachii 06-18-2013 07:28 PM

Shrimp 2 gallon Jar Present- No tech.
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My boyfriend came home from work this morning with a present for me.

Can anyone guess what is going to happen to this "jar"? :D

Still thinking up ideas for it and need a small treeish looking piece of driftwood but I am absolutely excited about it!! Such a great surprise.

Will need some color of 2 to 4 male/female neo shrimp to go into it. Blues, painted red or yellow, orange? would be lovely. And some blue or pink ramshorn snails. Of course none of which I have yet.

But first things first, critters aren't the main attraction at all. Now I have to spend the next 2 months deciding on plants and finding moss. YAY!!

Presents are so exciting!!

GMYukonon24s 06-27-2013 06:41 PM

Oh, that's a nice present!

tattooedfool83 06-27-2013 08:27 PM

I like that. There is so much u could do with that

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sc91006 06-27-2013 08:49 PM

You have a great BF there.

PeterN1986 06-27-2013 11:20 PM

I have a crapload of Taiwan moss from my Mini-M if you are interested. I just did a trim yesterday and can send some your way.

assasin6547 06-27-2013 11:34 PM


Originally Posted by sc91006 (Post 3694857)
You have a great BF there.

Lucky. :biggrin:

peachii 06-28-2013 02:12 PM


Originally Posted by PeterN1986 (Post 3695745)
I have a crapload of Taiwan moss from my Mini-M if you are interested. I just did a trim yesterday and can send some your way.

That would be really lovely. :) TYVM


I've been soaking soil and getting the big pieces out. Mixed in a bit of floramax that I had extra sitting around, so should be ready for plants in about 4 days. Going to top with black diamond blasting sand.

Thinking for plants I will start with -
jungle val
bacopa carolinia - i think it will transition well growing out of the top for a nice flower effect and leave the water line below the rim, which is curved in so nothing should be able to jump out.
Assorted mosses, depends I what we have on hand when I plant the tank next week
Dwarf sag
Dwarf hair grass - to be added later, have to hit Petco up first for a tiny bag of it to see if we can grow it in our tanks with no Co2, i hope so.
And if I can find some pretty parrot feather, i also think this will grow up and out of the water nicely. The fluffy look of parrot feather fits with the look I want for the cactus tree.
1 type of floater but undecided as to which one to use, leaning towards dwarf water lettuce but may go with frogbit, just depends on what grows, we have 2 pieces of frogbit and 1 water lettuce that showed up after putting a mix of duckweed, red root floaters and salvinia in our tanks. Lovely surprise, they are both beautiful, nice long roots growing out!

I made a nice looking cholla wood "tree" cut up a piece and super glued it for a semi-half-kind of stunted cactus look, will super glue moss to the tree and hopefully get a very nice happy place for the future shrimps. I super glued it to a very flat rock so that it won't be in danger of ever falling over (I hope). I may super glue it to the bottom of the jar, if it is a tipping over issue.

I found several very nice rocks but will probably use them in the 1.5 gallon cube that is currently housing mystery snails and a very small dragonscale halfmoon plakat named Damien that followed us home from the local petstore yesterday (Badfish! LOL). I'm actually considering smashing the larger rock with a hammer but am afraid it will lose the beautiful color if I do, it's so pretty, if i could get it into several smaller rocks I'd be overjoyed.

Such a small 2 gallon jar but so much happiness contained inside. I am so lucky to have my boyfriend. He brought home my first small tank as a surprise in November and now we have MTS for sure. It's been a slow and very work intensive project but has kept me going and involved every step of the way. The wonders it has done for depression is staggering, although it still creeps in, the tanks are peaceful and help tremendously when my RSD flairs up and I am in agony in the middle of the night, which happens very, very often. Just watching the tanks has helped me through quite a few bad spots and he somehow knew it would. He's the best thing to ever happen to me, everyone should be so lucky. :)

More updates soon. I'll try to get pictures of my stunted cholla cactus tree.

Scottyhorse 06-28-2013 09:51 PM

Great present! I had a one gallon planted pickle jar, but it was a pain to maintain because of the shape I took it down. I would like to get a larger bowl or jar like yours and resurrect the planted jar again!

I've got some Pink Ramshorns if you're interested :)

acitydweller 06-29-2013 12:20 AM

that's an awesome gift. very thoughtful! i bet its going to be a fun project!

peachii 06-29-2013 07:28 AM

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The cholla wood tree, I am going to tie moss to the tips of each branch for a fuzz cactus look. Surround the bottom with small rocks with moss tied to them and maybe some baby java ferns, since my plants keep shooting off a bajillion plantlets.

kclone 06-29-2013 01:57 PM

I love it! Very cool. Your shrimp will be smiling!

peachii 07-22-2013 10:15 PM

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Updated picture of my Present Jar. It's mostly planted. I believe I will add some DHG or Chain swords to the front/side next week when they get here possibly a riccia carpet. It's cycling so plan to add 2 to 4 shrimp and pink ramshorn snails in a few weeks after the cycle is done. It's turned out very well and I'm really happy with it. It will be a joy to watch the shrimp grow and breed as an observation jar right next to me.

Still undecided as to the color of shrimp to add - orange, red or blue. I'd like the malawa that breed fun colors occasionally but it's crazy to pay shipping for just 2 shrimp :P

Will update after I add the live critters.

peachii 07-22-2013 10:19 PM

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Special thanks to PeterN1986 for the taiwan moss and clippings from his tank that he sent me, they look wonderful in there.

A picture of the cholla wood cave I made and covered with the moss for the shrimp to hide under and in.

Edit- for some reason after the post up there, i could not get another picture to load. So had to post a second time. Sorry for the back to back posts.

GreenBliss 07-22-2013 10:25 PM

I love it! Looks great. :D

REEFBUG 07-23-2013 12:43 AM

Very nice, that's a cool jar.

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