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Old 07-16-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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FT's Micro-Jar - 1g Planted Jar


Hey y'all. I wanted to start a topic for the jar I'm making, as an excuse to force myself to take pictures of it and document it's progress.

Heavily inspired by Newman's Shrimp Bowl.

Equipment:
Wood:
  • Two piece of found wood, found locally - boiled for 1 hour in aquarium salt, then 1 hour in clean tap water. Left to dry, stripped of bark, then soaked again for a week.

Plants:
  • Moneywort
  • Moneywort II (If anyone can ID this, I'd appreciate it. I bought the thicker
  • Moneywort from a LFS and it was labelled "Bacopa monnieri", then ordered a mystery bag from someone on this forum and got some "bacopa" and some "Moneywort", much thinner and different leaf shapes than mine. *shrug*!)
  • Camboba Furcata
  • Dwarf Sagittaria
  • Willow Moss
  • Riccia Moss
  • Christmas Moss
  • Red Root Floater

Entry:
07/16/13

I literally just started this - I placed the thoroughly-rinsed Laterite, then the soil, then planted the plants, placed the wood, filled with water, placed the rocks, skimmed as much of the crud out of the water as I could, then took pictures. The moss is attached to the rocks and/or wood via black cotton.

So, what do I need to do now? I'm not sure if I want to get any inverts for the jar eventually, but if I do it'll be a long way off. I want the moss etc to take hold first. How often do I need to do water changes, etc?

Lets see how this goes!

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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Whew, thanks for the overwhelming response to this topic!

Entry:
07/18/13

Event:
Water change. Changed about 80% of the water using airline tubing to drain it. Added dechlorinator.

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Old 07-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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very very cool....this is my next thing I think and I know i have a jar sitting around for this...ha ha !
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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Good luck, biscuit2014!

Entry:
07/20/13

Event:
Water change. Changed about 30% and did water tests.

Parameters:
PH: 7.2
Amm: 0
No2: 0
No3: 0

Anyone know a good light to use for this? Thinking of putting it indoors soon, where it'll get indirect sunlight through the day but it'd be a lot nicer to have a little light for it too. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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Desk lamp with CFL or small LED light. I'm using a desk lamp for my bowls and jars at the moment.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Cool little project. I like how you linked everything in case someone else wanted to try it.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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@GreenBliss: How long do you keep your desk lamp on it for, per day? I have a desk lamp ready to go, but I dunno about keeping it on all day. We'll see.

@hedge_fund: Thanks! I get frustrated when people talk about stuff using lingo I don't know, making finding it hard - if I just link to everything, nobody should have that problem with my topic !

Entry:
07/23/13

Event:
40% water change. Noticed small (pond?) snails in tank - killed two. Algae is growing on stuff - how do I stop this?

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Old 07-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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I use a 10w CFL in my desk lamp and I have it on for 4-5 hours. I may need to cut back if any algae shows up in the future.

What kind of Algae?
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That is a nice bowl. I have the 2 gallon version of the same bowl. I used a 13 watt 6500k cfl mounted about 6" above the bowl. I had a timer set on the light for 2 four hour periods of light.
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I'll try and take a picture of the algae later today. Unfortunately I totally burned/melted my hand in a cooking oil accident, so it's limiting the amount of water-related shenanigans I can partake of .
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Looks like you've got a great start! I can't seem to keep half of the plants I recently stuffed into my vase/bowl planted.
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Looks like you've got a great start! I can't seem to keep half of the plants I recently stuffed into my vase/bowl planted.
I find the best thing for this is just heavily planting them deep into the substrate. Obviously, having enough substrate really helps with this! Failing that, tying them to rocks/wood if appropriate helps a ton.

So, I decided to bite the bullet and do some maintenance despite having a damaged apendage.

Entry:
07/29/13

Event:
Did total water changes, scraped sides free of algae best I could. Moved jar indoors to keep closer observation. Dosed with ferts + CO2. Killed another pond snail.

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Anyone have any ideas on the algae? Any better way to manage it than dosing CO2? I don't feel comfortable putting anything living in there yet.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:06 PM   #14
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nice bowl, sorry bout the algae

solar flare light is a good option as well as simple cfl 6500k in desk lamp too

good luck on the maintenance
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Are you keeping the top on?

The key to keep these little guys healthy is abundance of floaters/emergent plants. They have ready access to atmospheric co2 and, therefore, are only limited by the available light and water column nutrients.

They should not require frequent water changes, only periodic top-offs, that keeps the co2 fluctuations in the water to a minimum.

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