Hey Guys, I've been lurking on these forums for a while and I have already learned SO MUCH. So it's time for me to show off my new project.
But first some background. I have always had a terrarrium or aquarium going. Recently I've had hamsters and they don't really do well with a palludium.
On top of that I was out in the woods behind my house like 5-6 years ago and found this huge jar. So naturally I picked it up, threw some dirt in it and grew plants. Nothing exciting.
A while back I abandoned it and just found it like a month ago. For about as long as I can remember I've wanted to have a ecosystem type thing where the plants feed the shrimp and the shrimp feed the plants. So finally I went to my local shop and BOOM came back with a bunch of stuff (list later I actually need help identifying one...)
. I now know that what I am trying to accomplish is the Walstad bowl. I purchased the book and am hoping to crack it open tonight/tomorrow.
But here's what I've started so far:
So here's what is in there so far:
-The thing up front I actually forgot what it is. It is a banana-something. I got it because of its hilarious name and because it looks cool and is easy.
-Anubis got this because honestly, if I murdered it, that would be a sign that maybe, MAYBE, I'm not cut out for this
-Java moss - shrimp food
Also the substrate is, well, just substrate. I only read about putting real dirt down there after it was too late and, honestly, I'm kind of a purist. Next aquarium.
I also came back with two shrimp which were dead by the next day. I think this happened because I incorrectly conditioned the water (added a little water, added the drops added the rest of the water a while later).
So we're about 3 weeks past that now. The plants have both rooted really well and have both produced new flowers. Obviously it needs to be filled out. What I was thinking was some Jungle val. But I'm taking suggestions. I'm not going to do CO2. And right now I just have a bunch of LEDs, the smallest rig I could find. Why? Because I like the techology behind LEDs. Seriously if you have a free afternoon, read about them. SO AWESOME.
I was also thinking about some stuff that will float along the top. That is unless I'm going to be cutting down on the gas exchange. Again, advice here is much appreciated.
Another thing. There are little whitish clear things running about. They like to stick to the surface and the sides, but that could be because I can't see them otherwise. I'm sanitizing a dropper right now in order to get a better look at them. The only thing I can think of are water fleas, but they aren't really acting like water fleas.
Last thing. And this is the last thing, one of the 'banana' plants leaves broke off and is floating at the surface. At the base, a root is extending. I have another jarish thing that I can put it in. If it plant it in the substrate there will it grow?
List of questions that I asked in this OP:
Does this look like a fun place for shrimp?
If I get another plant or two, should I wait for them to get settled in before getting shrimp?
Would a Jungle Val look good (I think yes)? Anything else that would compliment them would be great (I can take more pictures, I don't have a very good camera).
Can you think of what some clearing white things flitting around would be?
What is the name of the plant in there that isn't Java Moss or Anubis?
If I were to take its broken leaf (it fell off like 5 days after I got it, poor little fella) and put it in some substrate, would it work?
BIG OP but this is the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Seriously I'm already in love with it and I'm going to have a thousand questions I'm sure. Thanks in advance!