Okay so I was cleaning my tank out and inevitably I end up dumping a ton of pods, worms, stars, and other little things down the drain... It just happens when I do major cleanings...
So I thought to myself, I should build one of those little jars that newb on N-R.com made... I could even place it on my desk at work to replace the recently deceased stalk of lucky bamboo (oxymoron?).
So I went to Target (mostly because I can convince my wife to go there anytime no questions asked) and picked up a suitable container. It's a 2qt. (1/2 gallon) cookie jar. The lid is NOT aluminum though, it's steel. So I'm going to waterproof it with some silicone underneath.
Now normally I wouldn't create a topic before I actually have water, but I want some serious thought to go into the planning stages. So I would appreciate any serious input/feedback on this. I'm not looking to spend much (if any) money on this, so keep that in-mind.
Equipment list (so far):
- 2 Qt. cookie jar with metal lid (the underside will receive a thin coating of silicone to protect the metal and also to give the glass something to seal against.
- DIY 2 LED light built into the lid.
- 5+ herbivorous gammarid amphipods (http://reefkeeping.c...09/rs/index.php)
- 2+ bristleworms
- 2+ spinoid worms ('cause I have a bunch)
- 2+ asterina stars
- 3+colonista snails
- Maybe a few more different kinds of pods or worms that are in the rock.
- Chaeto? (if someone has an idea of what type of plant would be ideal for this situation, please let me know and maybe I could source some locally for cheap. Chaeto is what I have for now though.
- A .25" deep sand bed of medium grain aragonite
- A few small pieces of thin branchy live rock rubble secured to an acrylic base which can then be secured to the bottom of the jar.
- Fresh mixed SW, to 1.020 S.G. (What do you think about this S.G.? Benefits of going higher/lower? Recall that I'm not trying to recreate a reef, but rather a self-sustaining environment).
- The jar is approximately 1.89 litres, so I will have 1,250mL of water, approximately 200cc of sand & rock, and 440cc air taken from about 650ft above sea level. That's about 66% water, 11% rock and sand, and 23% air.
- The LEDs are running at a very low current, thus their heat output is minimal, however, at times I notice a small amount of condensation on the inside of the jar that may be attributed to this. To give you an idea, the heat is hardly noticeable when I apply my finger directly to the back of the LED star.
- Temp in my home is between 68 and 78 99% of the time. If I keep it at work it's more like a steady 70.
- I'm not planning to put this on a window sill or anything, so natural light will be minimal.
- I'm mostly just curious as to how this will turn out and I hope to learn more about proper stocking, and identify various biological interactions as they occur.
Edited by ajmckay, 02 March 2012 - 09:43 PM.