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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Starting 1 Quart NPT Soil

Trying my hand at an experiment with two 1 quart jar. First I'll have to manage to find some local plants though.
What I'm aiming for is 1 qt with a single white cloud mountain minnow.

Substrate:
Soil: Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix with peat moss. (one quart with mineralized soil, one without.)
Soil Addatives: Fish mulm in one. None in other.
Plants: Annubias, java moss, and anacharis.

Fauna: 1 white cloud minnow each. 2 malaysian trumpet snails each. (possibly a hitchhiker pond snail or two)


All advice welcome.
Still working out the watermovement issue, probably an airstone in each.
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How easy will it be to do water changes in that w/o disturbing the contents? I was looking at one a few weeks ago then realized I was going to have a heck of a time when I had to make water changes. Short of using a shot glass to bail it out I had almost no easy way to make water changes.
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If you have a siphon hose, you can fill it with water from the tap and cover the ends with your fingers and then put one end in the jar and drain into a pail.
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I have 2 turkey basters that suck up water just fine that are specifically for this. A bit slower than the siphon, but just as effective and more precise. I can also control how gently or harsh the suction going in is. I have trouble getting a good soft flow with siphons for some reason.
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I guess you can use the basters to fill as well now that I think of it. You would probably do well by MacGuyvering a funnel or something so you can pour water in and fill using the more restricted flow of mr turkey baster.
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I guess you can use the basters to fill as well now that I think of it. You would probably do well by MacGuyvering a funnel or something so you can pour water in and fill using the more restricted flow of mr turkey baster.
That was the plan!
Thanks for following guys! I'm having an algae problem at the present, but once I figure out how to solve it I will update again with pictures.
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I have had almost the exact same setup for a year now in a 1 gallon. I too have had a bit of an algae problem but the tank still looks great. I used a weaker substrate because I didn't know a lot about substrates when I built it, but I am thinking about redoing the tank and will subscribe to this thread to learn from your experience.
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I'm restarting the experiment with some Pothos. I've found that using it in my 1 gallon bowl has killed any chance of algae growth! (which I was skeptical about but, yay! i was wrong!)
Sorry I've been afk for months. Had a bad spell with my previous roommate. :S
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