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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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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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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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