What’s a Self Sustaining Ecosystem?

A totally self-contained system of biotic (life: plants and animals) and abiotic (nonliving: water and minerals) components. The goal is to balance it such that it can survive perpetually with no input other than energy (light).

Is it possible? That’s what we’re trying to find out!


Terrarium is a terrestrial micro-ecosystem that may or may not be sealed. They are most suitable for tropical plants.  


Jarrarium is a small self-sustaining aquatic ecosystem, usually constructed in a jar or similar container.

Other Ecosytems

From ponds to paludariums, there are a wide variety of environments you can build. Check out miscellaneous guides here.

How to Create a Self-Sustaining Aquatic Ecosystem is now available for free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

But still available for purchase normally for just $7.99.

  • Step-by-step instructions to creating an ecosystem that can survive with little to no input from you
  • Read the extensive background information that teaches about the science behind it all – or don’t! Skip right to the instructions.
  • Makes an awesome experiment, pet, or centerpiece. 
  • Can be absolutely free to create!
This is the only totally-comprehensive guide to creating an aquatic self-sustaining ecosystem, or Jarrarium, on the Internet.
You will be taken step-by-step to create your own jarrarium while learning about all the science behind it in an easy, approachable manner.

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Step by step how to create a jarrarium, including advice for design options (salt/fresh, sealed/unsealed, plants/animals and more!)