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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Comparative 'tanks'

For fun I ordered some of those love seeds or whatever from ebay so per all the reviews I put them not in my tank but rather in some flower vases to see what happens. They die, in case you were wondering. About half gallon each.

So.... I was moving stuff around to take one of my 3.5g's to my wife's office to help improve the life of the office betta and took some of the moss and put it in left one about 15 days after the seeds sprouted and I flooded them. They only other diff between the two is the substrate is much thicker in the clear one. Well and the size of the opening.

In a bit over 45 days, I've added water once to the one on the left and three times to the other. They have been sitting on the sill in the South facing sunroom.

Both have O2 bubbles coming up.

Why the one so better than the other? Evaporation? Moss? Substrate?

Think shrimps would like to live in one?

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My fairly uneducated theories based on "just enough knowledge to be dangerous:"

1. the shape of the vases allow for sun to be refracted in different ways through the glass which causes more/less evaporation & otherwise changes the intensity of the light inside the vases -- I bet if you put a thermometer in there one would get warmer than the other
2. the substrate gives nutrients somewhere to gather/something to "cling" to
3. the moss is sucking in the nutrients so the algae doesn't have as much food
4. though they're side by side, one is probably getting more sunlight than the other

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Another possibility is the seeds were not really from an aquatic plant but a terrestrial one.
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Yeah land seeds was my guess but for a few bucks I took a chance.

Hadn't thought about temps being diff but the evaporation I assigned to the wider opening.

I got a couple free shrimps with my neons yesterday, they are now in the good one.
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