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I've been keeping a colony of trumpet snails in jars by the window for almost a year now. The first colony I put in a 10 gallon tank and took 4 and put them in another jar with a piece of driftwood and some duckweed covering the entire surface. Just to have a "spare" and I liked the idea. I change 70-80% of the water 2-3 times a week. I keep it on a window and I noticed copepodes have appeared. I find myself somtimes looking in this litle jar searching for all the snails ( there is some sand and gravel on the bottom) and most of the time I can't see all of them. The jar is no more than the volume of a coffee mug. The distortion from the bent glass is in the way of seeing the full picture and in something that small I want to see everything.
Here is where the idea came in to my mind. I though of putting a 60cm/9w/15h (23.6/3.5/5.9 inch) aquarium there. Sandy bottom with diy pots with some dirt in them for the plants. I still don' know what plants there will be in it. Probably only short plants .
At first I thought it could pass without filtration, but I decided against it. I want something fun and interesting. So I figured I could fix an old air pump and put it in a tube and make it pump water over a sponge wall from one end of the tank. My concerns about that is the other end not being reached by the current and bad stuff happening there because of that.
Other than that, I can't get the idea out of my mind. The possibilities seem endless with something so small. I could put a small heater behind the sponge wall ( I checked the slallest size - it fits well). There could be cherry shrimp along with the snails. Maybe - just maybe it could be a mating tank for my white cloud mountain minnows and a grow out for the fry to a point.
Let me know what you think, before I start!
 

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I think that volume comes out to 0.98 US Gallons. If you add substrate, rocks/wood, plants, filter, and heater, you're going to be working with much less water volume.
I feel it will be difficult to keep the amount of animals listed, in that small of a space.
I'm not sure I agree with the statement: "The possibilities seem endless with something so small".

However, all is not lost!
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Good Luck! :D
 
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