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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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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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Sea monkeys, marble jars, planters, mini terrariums, or sand art. ;-)
 

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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?
See if this thread interests you,


http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/aquarium-plants/little-3-gallon-jar-other-planted-132079/
 

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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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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. :shock:
 

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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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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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;-}

They do great on beef heart or fresh liver. But, as always, fresh food is best. Hehehe....
freshest would be your hands! So food is cheap :lol: .Nothing like a nice fresh meal..still having trouble with this one! kuddos to you, for you are indeed less squeamish them me and thats no easy feat
 

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I keep two medical leeches in a .3g bowl (with a tight cover!). My last pair lasted for over two years. That's about as long as they live in the wild. Just marbles for substrate. They prefer mud/sand; I prefer to see them. They like it darkish.

Two will interact, sometimes intimately. They're fun to watch if you have time--- a little like snakes in that regard. Sometimes they get really active and fast. They swim backward and forward equally well. Ain't that a hoot?

They look dull dark olive/brown, but put a light on them and you can see the bright-blue racing stripe with orange borders. Some species are quite beautiful.

They've been around longer than dinosaurs and live everywhere but Antarctica.

Feeding them twice a year takes a little courage initially, but it's very satisfying in a macabre sort of way.

Sorry for the hi-jack, but the question was what to do with a small tank.
 

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Addler, I'd stick away from a nerite snail in a mason jar. Snails have a pretty large bioload. Aokashi uses pond snails in her jar because they are small and have a smaller bioload. She throws the snails in there right off to let the tank settle before adding the shrimps as shrimps are very sensitive to things like ammonia and nitrite.
 

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Thank you! I'm dropping the snails altogether, and just putting a few shrimp in with a lot of plants. From what I read, I'm a little worried about water conditions. The tap water here comes out anywhere from an 8.0 to an 8.6 pH, with really, really high hardness. Like, hardness darker than the chart allows. My betta, as well as some redfins, mollies, and guppies have been surviving it for anywhere from a few months to a year and a half, and they seem happy. I'm just not sure if that's actually okay for any kind of shrimp.
 

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Hmmm... That's not very good water for shrimps. In general, shrimp like medium hard to soft water and a pH below 7.5. I struggle with shrimps at my pH of 8.0. I'd also be worried about heavy metals in the tap with that kind of hardness. I know shrimp keepers in Arizona that have to use RO because the copper content of the water is just too high for shrimps.

You could try adding a small piece of driftwood to the jar and see if that helps lower the pH and hardness.
 
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