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Have had this 1-gallon-ish vase sitting around for a while and decided to use it for random trimmings.

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  • Vase - formerly used for aquaponic tulips
  • 3w Deep Blue Professional Solar Flare LED
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It's currently in my kitchen but I'm not sure that's where it will remain. May eventually be moved to a counter in a guest bathroom.

Plopped in an Osmocote Plus capsule and five or six DIY clay fert balls. Then planted some random Bacopa monnieri and five stems of Staurogyne repens in the front portion of the vase. Added about ten drops of Excel and some micros. Will add macros tomorrow. Plan to fertilize about once per week with regular water changes. No plans for livestock. At most I'll add a Ramshorn or two and maybe a few Cherry Shrimp. But that wouldn't be until a couple months down the road.

Also have a spare RedSea Nano filter that may eventually be added to allow for water flow. Just want to keep this as simple as possible.

Not sure how frequently this journal will be updated but wanted to create it to help me keep track of things.

Thanks for reading along.
 

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Resistance is futile!

Pretty cute and i love the location, gives me an idea :)

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mosspearl: Thanks

OVT: Yep. Got tired of tossing tiny clippings that weren't really suitable for RAOKs.This way I can grow them out, give them away and start the vase over. Now that I've hidden the cord a bit and positioned things better, it looks pretty neat. Since it's in a windowless room, it will serve as a decent night light.

FungusTroper: You can buy them from any number of aquatics retailers. 3w Deep Blue Professional Solar Flare LED. Just pick your preferred retailer.
 

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I'll be following along too. I got various bowls and jars that I set up recently. Love them.
 

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I'm envious of your many empty countertops with handy outlets. All my jars have to sit on a baker's rack near the sliding glass door to get natural light. With a family of 10, you can imagine extra space is at a premium, especially when they're all hooked on computers and video games.
 

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Since I'm thinking about adding shrimp to this vase, I'll want to properly "cycle" it and have some sort of filtration.

I've got a Hagen Elite Mini internal filter that would be perfect, I think. But I've only ever used them as tiny pumps/powerheads and never filtration. Anyone have thoughts on their use for filtration? (I also use them to supply water to HOB breeder boxes.)

Suppose I could always just use one of my old RedSea Nano filters. Would mean less equipment inside the vase.

Decisions, decisions.
 

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Since I'm thinking about adding shrimp to this vase, I'll want to properly "cycle" it and have some sort of filtration.

I've got a Hagen Elite Mini internal filter that would be perfect, I think. But I've only ever used them as tiny pumps/powerheads and never filtration. Anyone have thoughts on their use for filtration? (I also use them to supply water to HOB breeder boxes.)

Suppose I could always just use one of my old RedSea Nano filters. Would mean less equipment inside the vase.

Decisions, decisions.
If you're set on having filtration, there's certainly options out there, but I've found them to be unnecessary in these smaller planted vases with the minimal stock they have the room for. Nor do I bother doing a full cycle. A couple ghost shrimp, or a few snails, or a half dozen juvie cherries offer so little load that the bacteria that come in with the plants will carry the load--a quick squeeze of used filter media can help that along if you're particularly worried.
 

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cbachmann: Not much to update, as I just started it a couple weeks ago. Will snap more photos and such as things grow in.

Knotyoureality: I'm aware that filtration isn't always necessary. But it's not something I'll likely risk when housing more sensitive types of shrimp. May actually end up keeping some Crystals in it toward the end of summer.
 

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I have rcs in. A vase with no water movement and filtration and they are happy. I have since added gravel from the main tank and i originally used tank water.

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This was a test as i can go onto larger vases and put the light you suggested on it. I guess Rcs can live without filters and movement anyway.


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S. repens has totally melted. Not sure if it's dead or what. Will snap a few photos tomorrow. If it's died off (kind of hoping that it has), I'm going to plop in some other plants I need to use up.

Bacopa has slowly grown a few inches and is looking healthy as ever. B. monnieri may be one of my most favorite simple stems.
 

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Still chugging along. No shrimp yet. But I picked up another Hagen Elite Mini to serve for flow and filtration.

Am currently prepping for a big move and will be draining the vase. Will set it back up upon arrival, install the filter, "cycle" everything and then move four or five shrimp into it.
 

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This little vase is no more. Had to part with it during the move.

But I'm picking up another one soon and will use the same plants and same light. Even have a filter for it now.

Nice. Interested to see what you do. When I started here I was working on a 1gallon planted tank to house a couple shrimp and a snail. I designed a filter to be as small and hidden as I could.
It sounds like you have a good solution, but here is my design for a small and quiet sponge filter. I believe the dimensions were about 1"x2"x3". It was just a small water pump with a box to contain a sponge attached over the intake and mesh over the output. It worked well for a few months and was easy to maintain since the sponge is easily removed. Are you using an air-pump based filter? I didn't like how loud the air pump was for use in an office environment.




 
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