I absolutely love your cookie jar tank. <3 I've seen you post about it around the forum, but I just wanted to ask a few questions:
1.) How does Alastor do in it? I'm not trying to imply anything at all! I'm just curious because I'd like to attempt something similar for my next betta. I know every betta is different, but still... >w>;
2.) What do you use for a lid? I read that you have home-made lids for them.
Thank you! and I understand, Alastor does quite well in the jar. He seemed a bit daunted by the 10g quarantine when he had it to himself, but it was kinda empty (qt tank after all, can't have a ton of stuff that needs sterilized or toss if the unspeakable happens). First bit of time in the jar he was a little skittish, I think because the curved glass distorts everything that gets close. He's gotten use to it though and doesn't back up when I put my finger to the glass now (still won't follow it though). The 2 pieces of driftwood and Indian almond leaf behind them form a loose 'cave' and dark area for him to hide if he wants but he mostly just likes swimming through the gaps (made sure they wre wide enough that he could not get stuck). The driftwood doesn't take up a ton of space but breaks up line of sight across the whole tank so he can swim around/through it to see something at the other side. The pretty moss mass seems to entertain him, I'm not sure if he sees the microcrusations in the tank and is hunting them around the moss, to baby snails before they get big enough for me to see. Either way its amusing to see him above moss with his head pointed almost straight down and a semi flare (fins out but no gill or beard action). I need to trim and replant some of that moss soon. The tank is by the front door, in the living room, and has a view to the kitchen table. So he gets some stimulus from the comings and goings of family members and pets through these areas. My husband and i usually hang out by him while prepping and after eating dinner to watch tv (I've not tried to see if he watches anything yet, he seems more interested in us than the tv when i peek over though). He has no issues with water changes (I usually do 50% once a week, nitrates stay at 10-20ppm mark), and when I add water back in I use a plastic ziplock bag, sometimes it gets submerged a bit and Alastor will swim up into it and look up at me "Are you done yet?" then swim back out and under the wood. But hes not scared and hiding or angrily glass surfing when do water changes.
As for lids yes, all the tanks (except open the top riparium) have home made lids from [Lexan sheets from Home Depot
]. Its a clear polycarbonate sheet that looks like glass but is cheaper and does shatter as easily (such as when dropped), and is also light (but its easy to glue something to it to add weight). Give me a moment and I'll take a photo of the lid.....
Ok here we go (poor Alastor got excited, lid removal usually means feeding time.. "where's the food?! :c )
Sorry not the best of shots, was trying to be quick. You cant see its not a perfect circle, but it fits over the opening fine and has a cut out for were the equipment goes in (sponge filter's air tube, sensor for temp controller, and heater cord) the gap is too small for any betta to fit through (well a fry could jump but no juvi/adult) I can barely fit my needle-less syringe through the gap to inject the daily dose of Excel. Having the lid lip stick out past the jar's rim makes it easy to grab and edge and pick up, but you can easily make your own handle to remove the lid with super glue and a misc item such as a big glass bead. The small curved white/cream things on the underside of the lid are tiny cut scraps of PVC piping that were glued on with super glue. These keep the lid from wiggle, or a very determined betta from bumping the lid till it slides to the side and gives them a gap to get out. It also adds a little extra weight (not much but every ounce helps with a betta)
If you'd like to try making one you need 1 sheet of the stuff (Lexan) you can get away with a [10"x8" sheet]
which is just about $4 since the inner rim of the lip/opening is about 7.5". I don't know about all Home Depos but for me it was at the back of the store near the windows and doors isles, you can ask an employee to help you find it too. If they don't know Lexan, mention its covered put over in ceiling lights a "lens".
Anyways get a sheet, get your tank, and get a working pen or sharpie.
Take the glass jar lid off and put eh Lexan on, hold it in place and mark where you need to cut (make sure it goes onto the rim and is not so narrow that it falls through). Remember to make an opening for equipment. It may be better to get everything set up and in then get the lid so you know where the hole(s) need to be.
Now the harder part (possibly), you need to have or find someone that does have an electric saw (circular saw, table saw, band saw(this is what my husband used).. pretty much anything except chain saw and oooold school tree cutting saw). Its highly recommended to get a blade for this saw that is "many toothed"/"high tooth count" I think wood cutting blade will work well.
Someone needs to be slightly adapt at using the saw. If no one knows how to use it well... get a few sheets of Lexan and mark them all for lid cutting so there can be a few practice tries. Circles are a lot harder than a straight line. For openings for equipment you can make square cuts instead of rounded one(s) (probably easier).
Keep the sticky tape on the Lexan and consider also putting some tape around the area being cut (inside the line for the lid) this will help keep the Lexan from chipping/cracking while being cut and end up with an unsightly piece.
Once cut make sure it fits properly then you have the option to sand the cut edges to get the loose polycarbonate shreds off (this stuff can be rough). Once all done remove the 'sticker' on both sides of the sheet and you're ready for use!
You can add items to it like a handle or little pieces of aquarium safe.. whatever to keep the lid in place with superglue on the underside (recommend 3 or more points to keep it in place), just make sure the lid is dry when applying glue and to let it dry before using.
The bubble bowl has the same style lid, the other tanks have square or rectangular cut lids as they aren't rounded tanks. But only the two rounded ones have the added bits underneath to keep them in place. Its extra precaution since Magnus showed he was determined to get into a fight once already >.<
Hope my long rambling helped ^^"