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aquarium in a lightbulb, another random project :)

i had seen something like this on the internet somewhere, thought it was a really neat idea so i went ahead and tried it out. and am pleased. hoping the java moss will grow. materials are as follows:
-standard light bulb
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-couple larger gravel pebbles from my established fluval edge
-small clipping of java moss, also from my edge

i removed the bulb fillament and rinsed out the white coating on the inside, several times to make sure it was clean. only living thing is the java moss, hoping to see it grow in time. planning on adding a drop of this aquaeon plantfood stuff (same idea as flourish) a couple times a week. its a neat little project, we will see how it goes, been about a week, so far so good
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Thats pretty cool!
Are you going to do water changes to keep everything clean?
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yeah, maybe to replenish the nutrients for the java moss to grow. there isnt anything in there really to make it dirty. was contemplating a single red cherry shrimp, but kinda iffy, after all it is a light bulb lol
i have been seeing a few little baby red cherry shrimp in my fluval edge. thought about trying to get one out of there and put it by itself in the bulb but still kinda iffy. want the rcs population to grow more in the edge first. kinda up in ther air. maybe with a bigger light bulb another project
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yeah, maybe to replenish the nutrients for the java moss to grow. there isnt anything in there really to make it dirty. was contemplating a single red cherry shrimp, but kinda iffy, after all it is a light bulb lol
i have been seeing a few little baby red cherry shrimp in my fluval edge. thought about trying to get one out of there and put it by itself in the bulb but still kinda iffy. want the rcs population to grow more in the edge first. kinda up in ther air. maybe with a bigger light bulb another project
It sounds like a really good idea. How did you plant the JM? Long tweezers?
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Two problems: The air-water surface is very small compared to the volume of water, so oxygen will be in short supply in there. And, with such a small amount of water, in a very thin glass container, the temperature will change rapidly and often. Years ago, too many years, when I first started out with a guppy/vals tank, I thought it would be neat to make a table lamp from a nice looking small bottle, and use it as an aquarium for one guppy. The poor thing lasted one day.

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hoppy says to add an air stone and a heater lol
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hoppy says to add an air stone and a heater lol
I would "like" this if i could.

Cool project!
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hello, and thanks for all the responses.
-to plant the java moss i dropped it in and used the end of a chop stick
-and i had thought about the temperature changes due to the thin glass, i know the java moss wont have an issue but it may be hard on a shrimp. however it seems that shrimp are less affected my temp swings than fish. we will see. right now i just plan on getting the jm to grow
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I know some people from Romania that have some aqua-bulbs, here is some pictures: http://freshwater-aquarium-passion.b...aqua-bulb.html


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those are sweet. i like how they fasioned a little light into the top of it. i might have to see if i can do that with a single led
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You don't need a heater in there. Just screw it in
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hoppy says to add an air stone and a heater lol
Yes, a good 50 watt heater and a quality air stone should do it.

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make sure you use a jager heater! very reliable.

cool idea!
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LOL seems to me this is a perfect tank for a external canister with an inline heater... That way it won't clutter things up :-)
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Can you get those bulb/tanks in a reef ready model?
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