I probably won't update this often but thought I'd throw these up here. Both were given to me by my niece after failed attempts to keep betta... She said she'd take them back to try again but never has.
Just did a water change so these tanks actually look clear enough to take a photo.
Roughly 6.25 x 6.25 x 6.25 glass tank in some cheap plywood casing (i didn't buy it.. came with the tank) and some light colored gravel that came with the cube. Has a semi-round marimo ball and a small price of Malaysian driftwood with marimo tied to it with fishing line. No fauna (unless there's a hidden micro pond snail in there)
That's not a trick, the ball is really floating from the air bubbles/pearling
And the slightly smaller one 5.75 x 5.75 x 5.75 with my java fern plantlets, most are too tiny still to tie down in the 10 gallon so I let them grow out in this one first. A few miscellaneous moss pieces got in there, don't know what types so just letting them grow for now. Read that java likes water movement so threw in a cheap air-stone (also free-be from my niece), no substrate in this one. Again no fauna unless there is are super tiny baby snails lurking under the leaves.
Temp visitor to the sill, a tomato seedling in a little cup, I dip my fingers in the tiny tanks water and sprinkle it over the soil ever day or two. Soil is Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil. May try transplanting this to the 10 gallon HOB as it gets bigger if I can find a good tutorial on how to set it up properly to grow in there.
No ferts or CO2 for these guys (excluding naturally from water changes) though I put in a drop of pure ammonia for them to feed on. Their light is whatever sunlight gets past the trees outside and through the window.. they seem to be doing pretty good.
I hope to someday add to the collection (and make it actually look nice), but I'd have to fill the WHOLE windowsill or the fat-cat will jump up there and push everything off (yes shes fat enough to push a nearly 1 gallon tank).. Currently using leftover holiday decor to block the cat from getting up there but that needs to be put away (that's garland in the first photo)...