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Going to set up three come jar tanks in my kitchen, it's mostly about the plants but I'd like some life in there too. What could I put in them if u do not plan to have any sort of water movement or agitation, nor aeration. Initially I thought shrimp, but they need gas exchange. Snails maybe?

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I think a big factor is tank size. If its at least a gallon, you could get away with a Betta as long as you keep up with the water changes. Bettas prefer less water movement because of there large sail like fins(and they are lazy). Temperature is really the main factor with Bettas but as long as your kitchen stays above 70, you should be fine.

I think most other species require some kind of water movement or filtration. It wouldn't be hard to add an air stone though.
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A few hardy shrimp in a big jar should not be much of an issue. People use similar sized filterless bowls.


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Going to set up three come jar tanks in my kitchen, it's mostly about the plants but I'd like some life in there too. What could I put in them if u do not plan to have any sort of water movement or agitation, nor aeration. Initially I thought shrimp, but they need gas exchange. Snails maybe?

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No water changes EVER, No ferts, no water movment, very low light, Plants and 1 ramhorn snail & 1 MTS live in here... Need I say more??
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Cherry shrimp do beautifully in no-tech bowls/planted vases, as do just about every sort of snail that can reasonably fit--though be prepared to cull excess populations as needed. Endlers have done remarkably well for me as well, though I restrict them to bowls/vases where they have at least 10x their body length in horizontal swim space (across the widest diameter in the case of bowls).



For reference, this bowl is approx 5" diamter at the widest point.

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In thinking shrimp as well, no betta. Already have my year old betta :P was big into shrimp keeping back in the day and if I remember right they needed the water to be highly oxygenated. Would a highly planted bowl be sufficient for oxidizing the water?

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Guppies, cherry shrimp, cray no heating or circulation for over a decade

highly planted tanks do well as you listed


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Very cool, just what I wanted to hear. Gonna have to go extra heavy on the plants then, but of course thats not a problem :P

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