Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Well since I've decided to hold off on breeding for now (maybe 2013 if the world doesn't blow up ;) haha) I've been trying to think of something FUN to do this summer. I'm doing summer school so I can have a spare next year, online or in class, dunno. And probably a co op at a vet office, and then maybe a job. I don't think I'll have much time this summer, but I still want something enjoyable.
ANYWAYS I had the idea to do tiny bowls with shrimp/marimo. I'd probably call it something like TinyTanks. Lol. I want to post some ads for large jars, and 1-2 gallon bowls for cheap/free.
A soil based, with sand on top, planted bowl. I want to sell these to people, probably over kijiji, try a flea market a few days even. I'd write cute little instructions, and give a packet of shrimp food for ones with shrimp.
My ideas (following nano, pico naming system):
attotank- >1 gallon, 1-2 nano marimo, possibly an ornament, something cute and handmade, idea?
femtotank- 1 gallon, 1-2 nano marimo, other plants, smallest shrimp type (bumblee?)
picotank- 1-2 gallon, planted bowl with shrimp, option of buying marimos as add ons.
I want to include: small instruction that I made (shrimp care, water changes, trimming plants), water conditioner, and shrimp food sample.
So, does anyone think I could actually make a little money off of this? I wanna do it mostly for enjoyment, but gotta make a little, not much even.
Most concerned about:
-importing plants. I need to find a good deal on nano marimo, and dwarf hairgrass. What are some other plants that would do good in this kind of set up?
-shrimp species. So far I have in my mind, cherry, crystal red, and bumblebee. Maybe I'd import some blue/yellow ones if this goes well.
-water changes. I need to know what kind of water changes a shrimp bowl needs. I know just marimo requires topping off and a water change every two weeks.
Opinions on this? :)
Also, if this worked, next year, I'd want to try breeding betta imported from Thailand, and I'd want to incorporate them into this. Thinking 3 gallon bowls, with a starter pack of pellets, care instructions, and a heater. These I could easily see running people $50-70.
taking a break from fish-keeping.
3 lovely male betta still keep me company.