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The Jar Aquarium

Well MTS (multiple tank syndrome) has finally kicked in. First a 10 gallon, then a 2.5, now I want more! I found a beautiful glass jar (used for pickling) that holds about 3 - 4 gallons. The opening of the jar is very wide. I want to do a low tech setup with it. Thinking just some driftwood with anubias clippings from my other tanks. Does anyone have experience keeping anubias with just ambient room lighting? The setup will sit next to my 2.5 and thus be illuminated by the CFL in that lamp for viewing. I'm trying to keep this setup simple for a Betta. I have an extra heater. I don't want a filter on this tank. Any advice, experience, suggestions??

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I'd suggest a filter, to be honest. Just because a betta can survive without one, doesn't mean it should. A small sponge filter that would work well, without taking too much room. If it's too big, you can even cut it down quite a bit if a betta is the only occupant.

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I'd go with shrimp over a betta. Shrimp don't really care too much in an aged tank with regular water changes, whereas a betta really should have a filter.


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I love the idea though! I hope you'll post pictures!

I'm fairly experienced with fish, but new to planted tanks.
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Thanks guys! I have successfuly kept bettas in the past in unfiltered 5 gallons. Two of which lived for 8 years. I may just end up getting one of those small fluval tanks. Light and filter all included in one package maybe I'll make the jar up as a snail tank.
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This forum member used a cookie jar, ambient light spill, Anubias, Java Fern, Marimo, heater, and betta.
Bare bottom, regular 30% weekly WCs.
Sounds like it worked for him/her.

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Thanks guys! I have successfuly kept bettas in the past in unfiltered 5 gallons. Two of which lived for 8 years. I may just end up getting one of those small fluval tanks. Light and filter all included in one package maybe I'll make the jar up as a snail tank.
I've read/heard/seen that the Fluval Spec V is a great little tank. Thinking about getting one myself!
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I've read/heard/seen that the Fluval Spec V is a great little tank. Thinking about getting one myself!
Yup, love it.
The Spec 3 is also good.

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This forum member used a cookie jar, ambient light spill, Anubias, Java Fern, Marimo, heater, and betta.
Bare bottom, regular 30% weekly WCs.
Sounds like it worked for him/her.
@Daisy Mae, did you ever set up your cylinder that started that thread?
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@Daisy Mae, did you ever set up your cylinder that started that thread?
Yeah, it was in reply #21 same thread

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So I scratched the Jar idea and bought a 5.5 gallon tank for my betta. Tomorrow I'm using the rest of my Christmas money to buy that Fluval spec. Neat little tank

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Yeah, it was in reply #21 same thread
I went through the thread before I posted and still somehow missed it It looks good, I'm wanting to do a similar jar soon.
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Thanks guys! I have successfuly kept bettas in the past in unfiltered 5 gallons. Two of which lived for 8 years. ...
I'm amazed at this lifespan, it's many times longer than normal. Would you happen to recall details of the husbandry? Temperature, pH, feeding regimen, etc. Also, if 1 or more were males would you happen to recall seeing bubble-nests? If so, at what age was his last? Thank you.

I notice a troubling trend in modern aquarium keepers, where the measure of welfare seems to be steeped solely in terms of survival: if the fishes live, things are good, if the fishes die, things are bad. It is an inappropriate position to take. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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