Did you guys, in high school, ever have that a biom project where you have plants and animals in a small aquarium (like a large bottle) and see if you can choose them well enough to have the animals and plants survive for a certain period?
Well, my sister's doing one now-- the goal is to have them live for 4 months.
Well, the bottles get sealed at the start of the experiment so no water changes-- and they get 20 hours a day of med-low lighting.
So, my sister calls me (I'm at college) and asks me for advice. Well, any planted tank member would realize it's not optimal conditions. But I just told her that she should use java moss, and not fast-growers because there is very limited CO2, and that she should use small algae eating inverts like snails and/or feeder caridina shrimp, and that she should grab some of the substrate from my shrimp tank at home to help her bacteria colonies along.
Apparently, all my sister got was to use java moss. SHE DOESN'T LISTEN!!!
She said she was "too grossed out" to take substrate from my tank, and she let someone else pick the animals!!
Oh, and it's bad, you know it'd be bad . . .
her friend got them 4 clown plecos . . . and one of 'em died before they even started . . .
3 CLOWN PLECOS!?? IN A COCA COLA BOTTLE!!?? WITHOUT WOOD TOO!!?
When I told my sister how ridiculous that was, she said that they'd already bought the fish and that was that . . . OMG . . . she didn't want to argue with her friend . . .
If I'm mad at my sister and her friend, I'm infinitely more mad at the pet store owner, who apparently said that "this is a good fish to use, because it eats algae!"
I swear when I go back home I'm going to find out which store that was and knock some sense into them . . .
So, any takers on guessing how long it'd be before a trio of clown plecos croak in a 1g container with no water changes, no established bacteria colonies, and no wood?