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Livestock for 1 Gallon Pickle Jar

Summer is coming and that means garage sales!

I got a pickle jar that's approximately a gallon for a dollar. I have a heater and a sponge filter and do pwc's so no worries in the water quality or temperature. Now I want to ask what to put in it...? It will be moderately/heavily planted as well.

I don't really want shrimp because I have enough shrimp and I feel bad having a betta in it since my bettas are in 5 gallon tanks.

Anything else I can put that isn't shrimp or a betta?
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What about using it as a daphnia source for your fish? Snail safety deposit?

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I agree with snail or daphnia. No fish. Maybe some of the pretty blue or pink ramshorns.
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Snails, or a water bug. A beetle of some sort or a water scorpion would be cool if you had a lid, and most of them will either scavenge or take frozen foods wiggled in front of their faces.
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Look into heterandria formosa. But that's about all I can think of. I more second the daphnia/snail thing. Even something like a fairy shrimp would probably do better.

So many fish to keep, not enough aquaria.
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A couple of Endlers or guppies.
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I was eyeing that least killifish as well but it's a struggle finding those types of fish being sold in Canada. I know endlers are tiny as hell but are they suitable for a 1 gallon...? I do have some ramshorn's lying around and a package of fairy shrimp eggs for food so that's also that option too! Is there anywhere even online to buy a water scorpion?

Thanks for the suggestions as well! I'm leaning towards just putting two ramshorns. A sponge filter should be able to deal with their bioload right?
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What is your opinion in keeping blue dwarf crayfish instead...? I read they only grow to about an inch or an inch and a half.
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Endlers, guppies, least killifish, etc. will do just fine without a filter and a heater, if you keep the jar at room temperature and it is well planted and mature.

I have a couple of threads on TPT on a similar set up that has being going strong for me for the last several years with almost no maintenance.

Edit: found that thread : https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12...date-pics.html

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Are they really charging that much for them? We used to have a glass recycler station a couple blocks away that sold these for 25 cents.

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Are they really charging that much for them? We used to have a glass recycler station a couple blocks away that sold these for 25 cents.
How long ago is "used to" Gramps?

I'm old enough to remember prices like that, but I don't think there were many of us here on TPT.

As for the pickle jar, I 'd say go with snails if you don't want shrimp. You might also want to do some research into Dwarf African Frogs. I've never kept any, but maybe one could live in a 1 gallon jar.

Edit - I just thought of something else. Why not try a Wabi Kusa set up in the jar? It wouldn't include fish, shrimp or snails but it could be a pretty cool new way for you to keep some aquatic plants.

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Recycle station back in the late 90's in a bigger, more "socially conscious' community. Whatsa matta with liking having access to items most would throw in the dumpster? Eh?

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Recycle station back in the late 90's in a bigger, more "socially conscious' community. Whatsa matta with liking having access to items most would throw in the dumpster? Eh?
In many cases, absolutely nothing.

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