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Untended window garden

So I'm not really sure where to post this, nano or low-tech, but decided nano was just fine. I just wanted to post some pics for people to check out.

Last year when I started my ten gallon planted tank I had left over Amazonia II soil and added it to a glass candle-holder my roommate had laying around. I threw some sticks in there and some trimmings from my 10 gallon and left it near my window to see what happened. Needless to say it's way healthier than my 10 gallon

I tosses some glass shrimp in there a couple weeks ago, most jumped out, some had babies and they're somewhere in there wondering through the thicket. I tried to take pictures of them but my camera's screen is broken and it didn't work out. I also have an algae eater in there now while my 10 gallon is recovering from a crash.

Anyways, enjoy!




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looks a little small for the oto...so be aware that you may find him on the floor eventually unless he's really lucky. He does look like he has tons to eat though, and nice container overall, I like it!
cherry shrimp would like this!




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That is lovely.

It is amazing what you can do with some nice substrate and a little light.
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Does it ever smell stagnant w/out a filter?
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Does it ever smell stagnant w/out a filter?
Not at all! In fact in the late afternoon when it gets direct sunlight like in the pictures it begins producing copious amounts of oxygen. Small streams of bubbles are constantly rising with larger bubbles rising to the top every now and then. It never smells, has never gotten dirty. I've never cleaned it, just give it more water when the water level gets low.

The oto is in there for a short period of time. I had a big bacteria bloom last week in my 10 gal after disturbing the soil and all the fish except for the oto were dead. He was lying on his back twitching on the substrate. So I pulled him out and threw him in the window bowl and he was instantly better. He'll be in there until the 10 gal is safe again. So far he just chills on the side or on a stick.
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this is definitely better than a nuked 10 gallon o_o good call.
I was simply referring to keeping him in there long term.


So this thing is not sunlit? You use a lightbulb?




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haha yeah I definitely wouldn't keep a fish in there, way too small. No, I don't have any lights on it, just natural sunlight. It's completely energy neutral.

I think I may put some RC shrimp in there this summer. I had some in my 10 gallon, but they slowly disapeared. I would always find babies in my neon tetra's mouths.... not sure if they were hunted down or just got sucked into the filter or something. I may restock them once my tank is stable and I get my DIY LED fixture over it.
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what are the temps like in the sunlight?


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Sunlit vessels are fascinating
I am currently trying to keep a saltwater marina cubus tank running on only sunlight.




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I am currently trying to keep a saltwater marina cubus tank running on only sunlight.
good luck!!! i recently failed with a 5'' cube reef! talk about hair algae!!! my biocube is gorgeous tho


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what are the temps like in the sunlight?
I haven't every taken the temperature, and it's probably different now that the sun has been down for a few hours. I've felt it before, and it never felt hot. Being inside probably keeps it cool and it only gets direct sunlight for 1-3? hours a day, the rest of the day it is just radiant light.

I am thinking about putting a small super low tech reef aquarium next to it powered by LEDs and maybe a small pump for circulation. I want to try LEDs with some natural sunlight and see how that does on polyps and mushrooms and the like. Such a small tank would be too unstable for sps though. I bet an emerald crab take care of any hair algae in there!
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I haven't every taken the temperature, and it's probably different now that the sun has been down for a few hours. I've felt it before, and it never felt hot. Being inside probably keeps it cool and it only gets direct sunlight for 1-3? hours a day, the rest of the day it is just radiant light.

I am thinking about putting a small super low tech reef aquarium next to it powered by LEDs and maybe a small pump for circulation. I want to try LEDs with some natural sunlight and see how that does on polyps and mushrooms and the like. Such a small tank would be too unstable for sps though. I bet an emerald crab take care of any hair algae in there!
go for it! on aquabid theres a guy selling green neon shrimp. they are really cool. ive got 12 in my 29g biocube. they only get about 1/2'' and will breed like cherry shrimp do ! no larval stage! just keep it covered to keep evapoartion down and top offf with R/O ONLY!


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Sweet, thanks matt12, I'll check it out now
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emerald crabs are champions for most type of algae, so yes they would clean that right up, but they do need more water volume than that. I keep mine in my 3 gallon reef and most people do say that is too small for them. IMO its decent.

They put out a lot of waste though. still they will clean up any algae that grows as a result of that waste so the tank wouldn't look bad in their presence. they cannot clean glass very well though, so the glass in a 5" cube with an emerald would have to be cleaned very often.

Mushrooms are probably the best bet for sunlit reef that small. I will soon put in some mushrooms into my cubus to test out its reef capabilities haha. so far i've been keeping it bare sand and rock with macro algae.




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what kind of plants do you have in there?
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