PICO: 1  4    FEMTO: 1  9

- some nature in a glass, less than 1L

                  The sun on the edge of the pond
Another attempt to create a tiny, working aquarium in a large wineglass. Quite like Femto #1, but with a different layout: More branches, less open space, pebble on the ground and a few other plants. This create a somewhat brighter appearance. Read about the build below.

C:  20-25
pH:  7,1-7,3
PPM:  190-200
S:  0,3-0,5
E/M2/s:  90-125
Litre:  0,975


2 Neocaridina davidi,
Yellow Fire

Cyclops spp
, some sort of Copepod


Anubias barteri var. nana
, Dwarf A.

Eleocharis pusilla,
Aquarium Grass

Taxiphyllum barbieri, Java Moss


A large wineglass, 0,975 L

The lit is 1 mm thick, oval glass, to let some fresh air in

The groundcover is dark pebbles

The branches are corkscrew hassle; Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

                             THE THOUGHTS
It is pretty much same lay-out as Femto #1, but with a few other plants, filled with more hassle branches and no linden bark. I pinched a bag of fine castle-gravel at the church-yard, and picked out the darker pebbles to fill the bottom. Again, the magnifying effect make it difficult to arrange the interior - unless you do it with the water in.
I will not have fish in such a small aquarium, only two small Yellow Fire Taiwanese shrimps to control the algae, and some sort of minute Copepod, which came with the Marimo Algae. The Marimo turned out to be a bit too difficult to control, and was eventually replaced with Java Moss.
The plants are from around the world, bought in pet-shops. It is really hard to find plants, small enough, especially as they look three times as big, due to the glass' magnifying effect! The water is tap-water, containing some calcite.
The two Hassle branches are screwed together, and can be twisted to fit through the opening of the glass. In one side, a two centimetre stone have some Aquarium Grass, attached. I started squeezed some Marimo Algae in-between the branches, then, three months later, I replaced it with Java Moss. A small Dwarf Anubias sits on one branch. The bottom is filled with dark, round pebbles.
The expenses was keep to a minimum, as most was recycle. I spend 5 on the shared light, shelf and background, 7 on the second hand wine glass, 1 on the lit, 3 on the shrimps and additional 7 on the 2 shared new plants = 23.
After well over one year, the grass have covered most of the pebble, the Anubias is thriving and the Java Moss have to be pruned every second month or so - from the button. I still haven't changed the water.

The photos above to the right show the magnifying effect.

After one year.

After three years - same water.

PICO: 1  4    FEMTO: 1  9