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Old 02-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #1 
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1.5 litre Jar

Well, today I embarked on the challenge to create a mini-planted tank, in an old coffee jar. This is the jar my first rescue, Apollo, was given to me in. It is about 1.5 litres in capacity, which means it holds more than a litre even now I've filled it with dirt and plants.

The first picture is the empty jar.
The second picture is the jar after I filled it with dirt. I used dirt from the hole that the pond will be going into, which has no fertilisers etc in it. It does have a lot of crud (twigs, leaves, rocks, roots) that I tried, but only partially succeeded, to remove.
The third picture shows the first stage of planting. I used offcuts from my 16 gal. The two plants there are elodea and red ludwigia.
The fourth picture shows my fully planted jar. I used tiny black gravel for the cap, then added a java moss carpet and a little pagoda (courtesy of Acumen Aquatics) with a java fern attached to it. The water is cloudy still.

I will post more photos as the water clears, and when I add the first shrimpy inhabitants. Chances are a few snails jumped in with the plants. :)

Sorry if any of the pictures are on their side/upside down, I don't know why they do that. I also apologise for the poor quality.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:53 PM   #2 
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love it!
cant wait for the water to clear
man.. how I miss the outback :(
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #3 
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Oo another one! I love these little jars! So excited to see it grow out!
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:32 PM   #4 
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Ooh I really like it!! I can't wait to see how it looks when it clears up. I've had some snails jump on my plants at the petstore, but I always keep them around :)
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:46 PM   #5 
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What a totally cool project. Keep the pics coming to see the progress.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:47 PM   #6 
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Well, the cloudiness is all gone and I will hopefully add some shrimp soon.

Image 1) The jar front
Image 2) Top-down view
Image 3) The back
Image 4) Close up of the pagoda
Image 5) The view behind my jar to inspire it to grow big and wild ;) This one's for you, Aokashi! :p
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Wow very beautiful! Nice job! Amazing view as well. =)
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:22 AM   #8 
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My shrimp species will be Northern Territories Chameleon Shrimp. :) I'll hopefully make my order soon as a birthday present to myself.
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What is that little hair looking stuff in the bottom?
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #10 
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I think that's java moss.
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