So in the effort to make my bedroom more work-friendly, I went back to an old hobby of mine, with a bit of a twist. You see, I used to keep a bunch of aquariums in my room. I enjoyed breeding Bettas and Plattys but the large tanks took up a lot of space and needed a lot of attention to maintain. This time I’m trying out small, low maintenance ‘nano’ tanks or ecospheres that just house a couple plants and shrimp.
The first image is of my attempt of making a closed ecosphere. It’s a large 5000ml boiling flask that my highschool chemistry teacher gave to me. Think terrarium, but with aquatic plants instead of normal moss and shrubs. If I balance things correctly, I should be able to seal this up and have it regulate its own nitrogen cycle so that all I need to provide it is light.
The green spheres of fluff you see in the other images are known as Marimo. It’s a unique ball-like algae growth native to Japan. They grow in the bottom of lakes, so little light is needed to keep them healthy. I intend to give away a few of them to friends. They make for some interesting company. =]