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post #1 of 17 Old 06-08-2013, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Tiny, tiny tanks?

Hello everyone,

I recently acquired three small, glass tanks from a friend that used to have Betta Fish. The key word is used to-- these things are all a gallon or less. I measured, and one is about a quart, the other two around a half gallon each. None of them have any type of filter or aerator. I think one was actually a flower vase at one point.

I was wondering, however, if there WAS anything that could do well in these tanks. I've seen various pictures of very small tanks that housed some ghost shrimp or some snails, and I was wondering if these were actually good ideas, or if those were actually very stressful environments. I don't want them to go to waste-- while having some sort of fauna would be great, even a plant tank would be great. What would you guys recommend?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-08-2013, 01:16 AM
In all honesty these kinds of small tanks have very little use. They are too small to fit proper heaters into, and easily go out of balance due to the difficulty of setting up any sort of good long term bio capacity.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-08-2013, 07:01 AM
Sea monkeys, marble jars, planters, mini terrariums, or sand art.

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post #4 of 17 Old 06-08-2013, 01:36 PM
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Hello everyone,

I recently acquired three small, glass tanks from a friend that used to have Betta Fish. The key word is used to-- these things are all a gallon or less. I measured, and one is about a quart, the other two around a half gallon each. None of them have any type of filter or aerator. I think one was actually a flower vase at one point.

I was wondering, however, if there WAS anything that could do well in these tanks. I've seen various pictures of very small tanks that housed some ghost shrimp or some snails, and I was wondering if these were actually good ideas, or if those were actually very stressful environments. I don't want them to go to waste-- while having some sort of fauna would be great, even a plant tank would be great. What would you guys recommend?
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-08-2013, 10:58 PM
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Honestly there isn't any animal I would keep in something like that. Plants would do just fine. Marimo balls do well in small tanks. I have a couple if 1/4 gal tanks. Just change the water every month or so. Moss terrariums are also fun. I have one in an old cookie jar lol!

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-09-2013, 11:00 AM
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Sea monkeys! thats a good idea lol. Strange planters, marbles with some water and fresh flowers artfully aranged, water with rubber fish Faux fish tank haha. Thats all I got for ya
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post #7 of 17 Old 06-11-2013, 07:38 AM
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Leeches!!!

Don't laugh. Standard medical leeches are cheap, attractive (seen under light with magnification), interesting behaviors, (especially a pair--- they're hermaphrodites; any two will do). Very easy to keep; not water of temp sensitive. Only eat twice a year.
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Leeches!!!

Don't laugh. Standard medical leeches are cheap, attractive (seen under light with magnification), interesting behaviors, (especially a pair--- they're hermaphrodites; any two will do). Very easy to keep; not water of temp sensitive. Only eat twice a year.
Ewwww.! Yea, and I thought put my hand in some of my tanks is brave.
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-12-2013, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help, everyone!

I have read through that jar thread, and think I want to try that. I'm shocked at putting four ghost shrimp in a single mason jar, but I'm willing to try it. Based on what I see aokashi have in that tank, I was considering making the ~quart tank using:
Leftover rock from a betta tank
Baby tears (Lindernia rotundifolia) (x1)
Stream bogmoss (Mayaca fluviatilis) (x1)
Ghost Shrimp (x4)
Nerite snail (for algae) (x2)
and a chunk of random mystery moss I pulled out a stream yesterday
I plan on putting it on a breakfast bar between the kitchen and the living room, so it gets pretty frequent, though not necessarily very strong, light.

Does that sound alright? How long do you guys think I should let it sit planted before adding the snails/shrimp?
And as a side note, is anyone good at identifying this moss? I can't seem to find it in the field guides I have for my area (Northern Arizona). What about terrariums? I just looked them up and they seem neat, but I'm terribly underqualified to throw one of those together without a pretty decent rubric to go by. :P

Moss for reference:
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-15-2013, 12:03 AM
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Leeches!!!

Don't laugh. Standard medical leeches are cheap, attractive (seen under light with magnification), interesting behaviors, (especially a pair--- they're hermaphrodites; any two will do). Very easy to keep; not water of temp sensitive. Only eat twice a year.
It's the feeding part that worries me.

I'm all for 'creepy crawlies' (I'm IN LOVE with slugs. They're just adorable. I used to keep them when I was a kid.), but I draw the line at feeding a leech o.o
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