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Container - 1.5 litre coffee jar
Substrate - Playsand
Hardscape - Wood and rocks i scavanged from my backyard
Plants - Anubias, Java fern, Peacock moss & Crypt wendtii
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A pic of the jar beside mobile to give a size reference

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Planted - let me say tying them little plants on was hard work lol

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First time i've had a go at something so small, quite pleased how it came out! Now stocked with some cherry shrimp
 

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What do you mean put together all the time? I have no need to pull it down everytime i need to clean it if that is what you mean.

The shrimp are quite low bioload, they only require 1 pellet or algae disk dropped in when needed, they are excellent eaters in that they will eat all food provided. If the sand needs cleaning then i have a turkey baster that i can do the jar with, but honestly the shrimp will keep it clean.

Am off into town today to try to buy a light to put over it...It now sits beside my computer so i can watch them do their thing
 

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wow, it looks so nice! I was thinking maintenance, like to dump water and clean things in it without a filter. But I know you know more than me! It looks awesome, and I'd love to see updated pics ^.^
 

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It looks good, how many shrimp are you adding?

wow, it looks so nice! I was thinking maintenance, like to dump water and clean things in it without a filter. But I know you know more than me! It looks awesome, and I'd love to see updated pics ^.^
Google "Walstad aquarium" to get a general idea of how something like this can be accomplished :). It can even be done with fish, provided you stock very lightly. I had a nano with a few cherry barbs (and later, celestial danios) that required no maintenance besides the very occasional top-offs. I actually miss that tank and will probably do one like Sharni is doing when I move...cherry shrimp rock :D.
 

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There are i think 4 adults and a few teeny ones that were in the net i missed seeing. Cherries are awesome!!

It will be interesting to see how long the java stays small. I'll be keeping my eye out for a quantity of anubias nana & needleleaf java fern, which i will replace the standard java fern with.

Tried getting a light, boy, just because i want one there are none around, will try again later in the week!
 

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That is so neat! I just googled Walstad Aquariums, and I seriously want to make one! I have way too much extra Java moss and fern anyways.


Will they work with just sand? I was reading that you needed soil and stuff under it. If I made one I would probably just use sand and water for my ACF's tank, since it is really established.
 

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That is so neat! I just googled Walstad Aquariums, and I seriously want to make one! I have way too much extra Java moss and fern anyways.


Will they work with just sand? I was reading that you needed soil and stuff under it. If I made one I would probably just use sand and water for my ACF's tank, since it is really established.
It can work with sand depending on the plants used. With non-rooting plants like java ferns I don't see why not.
 

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My jar is just sand, the crypts will grow in just sand, the JF/moss/anubias dont care what substrate you use :):)

I picked up a desk lamp for it...has a halogen globe equivilant of 40W of light (over .4gal) *LOL* Will be a bit of trial and error at how far away for the top of the jar the light needs to be.
 
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