The other thing to do would be to take and put the sponge for the filter into an established tank to help seed it with the tasty bacteria as well.
I didn't even think of that, I could let it run in my 10g for a few weeks before I put anything live in the 1 gallon and it should probably have a decent chunk.
Wouldn't really be any extra effort to just do both the sponge establishing and the gravel in nylon, so I'm sure cycling this litte 1 gallon would probably be pretty easy to accomplish.
All betterness aside, does it really seem as though a 7 wat incandescent bulb would be unable to support the light requirements of java moss and java fern?
Since they are low light, and it is such a small tank, it would seem like it would work, and I like the gentle tone of the light on the sand and rocks, but if it can't sustain plants it's kind of no use in the end.
Would just be nice if I could use it with success.
Also considered, but wasn't sure, of having the tank on a backwards cycle, with the light on during the night, and the tank shadowed during the day.
Both to allow me to watch the snails during the day, and to try and keep a more stable heat without the use of a heater, since when the temperature drops at night, the incandescent light would be on and hopefully keep the temperature from changing too much.
But that was only a thought, and I don't know if I would have done it or not.