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A low maintenance/self sustaining ecosystem and aquarium!

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self sustaining ecosystems have always interested me and I thought that its just a simple ecosystem so i am making this instructable I hope you like it.
I decided to add a bottle garden (one plant in a bottle or any airtight container) to a self sustaining ecosystem to add to the look
WARNING: this project contains live animals and no animals were harmed in the making of this nor should they ever be.
 
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Step 1: Part one:

be sure to get some distilled water or you can get something that makes tap water ok for fish (the yellow bottle on the right.)
aquarium gravel or sand is good too.
Go to hobby lobby or any store that might sell vases and get a small jar or whatever that will fit into the second jar, the second jar must be very large or atleast large enough to fit the small jar in it and have enough room for fish and plants you can also get the glue gun and glass glue from there.
What is going to happen is you are going to put the smaller vase/jar into the bigger container.
you can also have decorations but i prefer the natural look.
(NOTE:be sure to wash everything very thoroughly)

Step 2: Planting the bottle garden/terrarium

I bought this simple Venus fly trap terrarium from lows, it came with everything, plant, soil, and all i needed to do was put it all together and water it.
burdockwing (author) 2 years ago
I accidentally said distiller water I meant unchlorinated water

Yes, I woundn't recommend distilled or reverse osmosis water. Tap is actually best, the impurities will actually be great supliments to your lil eco system. Just make sure the clorine evaporates off.

cmpunk11374 months ago

I don't understand... Why is the venus fly trap in there? What is the function of it?

dasta6 months ago

let's say one of the shrimp dies... do you leave them in there? do the others eat its remains? or do you remove it?

trooperboots11 months ago
Do you place the lid on the larger jar to make it completely self contained?
PierceWill11 months ago
If you could show what the purpose of the tubing was that'd be very helpful.
PierceWill11 months ago
What was the purpose of the airline tubing?
neldaga1 year ago
what purpose does the venus fly trap serve in this ecosystem? Couldn't this same ecosystem be achieved with just the large jar filled with the gravel, shrimp, algae, etc.? All in all I like it though and I definitely want to do it myself, how much were the shrimp?
boxercurl1 year ago
I love this idea and will definately give it a shot!! It allows me to have fish but not have to worry about the larger tanks! Thanks so much for a great instructable!
This is awesome!
laurab72 years ago
Where did you get your jars? I wasn't able to find any that large online.
alcachofa2 years ago
I love the Luna reference :D
ilpug2 years ago
We did something like this a few years ago in Biology. I forgot about mine ad it went into my closet, and then everything in it died. A few months ago i found it, put it in the sun, and a few weeks later it revived.
Cool
robot7972 years ago
will it work without the venus flytrap
xFyrios2 years ago
It looks like you used a peacock fern in your setup, from what I've seen those are a scam and actually don't survive underwater for very long as they are land plants. How is the setup surviving so far?
burdockwing (author)  xFyrios2 years ago
It's actually still doingnvery well
Glad to hear it :) I'll have to try it out!
Scott_Tx2 years ago
I put my tap water in a jug over night and that lets the chlorine evaporate and brings it to room temperature.
TSC2 years ago
Were did you get the shrimp,
burdockwing (author)  TSC2 years ago
I got them at bobs tropical fish online and they are red cherry shrimp
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Fantastic! I used to have one very expensive store bought version of this. They included a magnet inside that I could use with another magnet from the outside to clean the walls when needed.