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Some months ago, my grandmother gave me several boxes of old jars. Among them were several big gallon jars. Back in January, when I was bitten with the aquarium bug, I dirted a few and capped them with sand. They were home for marimo balls for awhile. Some floaters got added when I won some, and one even housed my first betta temporarily (he was a tiny thing) while his tank cycled. Now they've become the place to put trimmings to grow out. I hope in time they'll become nice and full, but in the meantime, they seem to be an easy place to toss extras. The snails are happy, anyway. Click on the pics to see them larger.

These jars only get light from the windows, no heaters or filters. Partial water changes 1-2 times per week.

Jar 1:



This one contains pennywort, some chain sword, frogbit, dwarf water lettuce, and marsilea minuta.

Jar 2:



This one has a cryptocoryne spiralis, bacopa caroliniana, and more floaters. The spiralis is growing out of the top of the jar. I hope this is all right... don't want anything to happen to it.

Jar 3:



And this one has more chain swords, bacopa, and floaters. This one had a huge issue with algae. It looked like an overgrown lawn. I took out the stones the algae was growing on... that helped a lot. Then this strange white foggy stuff sat on the substrate. I siphoned it out, but it kept appearing. Each time, I siphoned and refilled the jar. Finally, it looks like it's almost gone. The snails in this jar were really sluggish compared to the other jars. Now they're more active, though a couple of them are sporting little lawns on their shells. I hope I'm finally getting ahead of whatever it was.
 

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Really like your jars. I hope to do something similar in the future once I find some space. :)
 

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Made one in a small old milk pitcher I've had for years. This one has been set up for a couple weeks now. The pitcher has a painted stem on the glass. Dirted with sand cap. Contains bacopa australis, bacopa caroliniana, riccia, pellia, and some tiny bits I found in my tanks that I don't know what they are.
 

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While a gallon+ container gives you a bit more room for larger plants to grow out, set ups like this can easily be done much much much smaller and still sustain small snails and even shrimp quite handily.

My favorite pico "tank" was a small wineglass. Fluorite and gravel substrate with a variety of different plants over the 8 months I kept it up and running. Holding just over a cup of water, it was home to several juvenile cherry shrimp and a variety of pest snails, the later being removed as they grew too large, the former having suprised me with a successful berry and hatching.

I'm going on a year now with a no-tech 5" planted bowl that's just under 1g. No heater, no filter, indirect sunlight and it's current population includes a bevy of rams horns, pond and MTS snails, a dozen or more cherry shrimp (culled "wild types") and 3 endler males.
 

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Thanks, Knotyoureality! I've seen some incredibly small ones, so I know you're right. I'd love to do some tiny ones like that some day. The jars are what I had on hand, and the plants I had were larger, for the most part. So glad you had success with such tiny ecospheres. It gives me hope for future projects! :) I've only been doing this since January, and my jars only have snails so far. I'd love to see pictures of your projects if you have them. :)
 

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Thanks, Knotyoureality! I've seen some incredibly small ones, so I know you're right. I'd love to do some tiny ones like that some day. The jars are what I had on hand, and the plants I had were larger, for the most part. So glad you had success with such tiny ecospheres. It gives me hope for future projects! :) I've only been doing this since January, and my jars only have snails so far. I'd love to see pictures of your projects if you have them. :)

If you go to my profile page and scroll down to view all albums you'll find a pretty wide variety of my no/low tech pico tanks scattered thru the albums.
 

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Thanks! I should do some updates soon.

And yes, the whole family are Dr Who nuts. I haven't gone so far as to make a Dr Who themed tank, but the kids would probably be behind it 100% if I did. LOL
Nice. Looking forward to it.

Same here with Dr. Who. My 18 month old can say doctor, and my wife just got "Hello, sweetie" tattooed on her shoulder. I have been toying with the idea of making a fish tank stand that looks like the Tardis lately too.
 

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If you make the stand, please post a photo! Your wife is braver than I to go under the tattoo needle. :) I'm glad you're bring up your baby right. LOL My 11yo bought himself a bow tie last summer and wore it almost every day.
Lol. My daughter has a stuffed Tardis that talks, a stuffed Dalek that talks, and a little Tardis that lights up. We are trying to bring her up right.;)

I definitely will post photos. It may end up being my winter project.

And tell your son, "Bow ties are cool" from me.:proud:
 

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My oldest daughter crochets plush toys as a business... she just made a Tardis for someone. :)

I'll pass on your message to my son.

We put Tardis lights on our Christmas tree last December. It was the highlight of the season! We're currently counting down to the 50th anniversary. If I can figure out how to make a waterproof Tardis by then, maybe I can put together a Who-themed jar in time. :)
 

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My oldest daughter crochets plush toys as a business... she just made a Tardis for someone. :)

I'll pass on your message to my son.

We put Tardis lights on our Christmas tree last December. It was the highlight of the season! We're currently counting down to the 50th anniversary. If I can figure out how to make a waterproof Tardis by then, maybe I can put together a Who-themed jar in time. :)
That is AWESOME!!! As for the Tardis in a jar, I may have a couple ideas for you. I will get back to you.:icon_smil
 
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