I left my betta in my moms care and am of to germany for 8 weeks to visit my dad (its complicated, don't ask). I left my stepdad with instructions on how to take care of the fish so I hope that'll work out
However, I realized that I miss my aquarium a lot, so I want to make my own little ecosphere/biosphere while I'm in germany. I got thinking about this while observing my dads backyard pond and seeing all the live in it. So, what I want to do is this:
Get a big pickel jar (1/2 galons) and eat all the pickles . Then wash out that jar and use it as the container. I would use soil from my dads pond as a substrate because it will have a high nutrition value for the plant, and also use (at least partly) pond water so that I start of with some algae and other organisms. I would get one aquarium plant (preferably one that is a good water cleaner, meaning use up loads of nutrients), and as the big centerpiece one amano shrimp. Since the diet of amano shrimp is primarly algae this should work out. The amano shrimp would provide the plant with fertelizing poop and carbon dioxide, while the plant provides oxygen. Then once I set up everything I would seal the jar and never open it again.
I don't want the shrimp to die a cruel death, but I think this might work out. I wouldn't be the first person by far to try this, but I have heard all kinds of opinions about this. I will probably go ahead with this, but I want to hear from you guys and girls what you think about this.
I think you may have trouble tanking anything organic on an air-plane or through customs. Just get something when you get there. German aquarists have gone nuts for planted tanks and shrimp and nano fish. You should be able to find a neat shrimp over there and give it away when you come home.
I'm sorry I wasnt really clear. I meant that I would leave it in germany. So it would never have to go through customs. Its just the whole it substains itself idea that I find really neat, but kinda to good to be true. So I was just wondering if you guys/girls think that it would work out.
I've seen glass balls with a frog or shrimp and one plant. I understand they can last more than a year, but not indefinably. loha made a recommendation for a science fair with a guppy in a jar. Try searching old threads.