How to Create a Jarrarium

Instructions: How to Assemble your Jarrarium After absorbing all that knowledge I just threw at you, you might feel daunted by the actual construction of a jarrarium. Fortunately, it really is quite simple. The whole process will take you a week or two, but only a...

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Jarrarium Maintenance

Maintenance in Jarrariums One of the primary goals of a jarrarium is little-to-no maintenance. The term “self-sustaining ecosystem” by its very nature means that, once set up, you shouldn’t have to ever touch it again. Despite our best efforts, this probably won’t be...

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Balancing Chemicals in Your Jarrarium

Chemical Balancing in Jarrariums Much like aquariums, there are several chemicals that you will want to monitor regularly. Ideally, in an entirely self-sustaining ecosystem, you would never have to monitor or adjust the levels of these chemicals. While you probably...

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Aquascape in Jarrariums

What is Aquascape? When you first conceived of jarrariums, you probably weren’t focusing on all that science stuff. You don’t really want to think about water parameters and the threat of algae blooms. Instead, you’d rather imagine beautiful landscapes simulated in a...

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Choosing Animals for your Jarrarium

Here comes the fun part... Finally, the section we’ve all been waiting for! Animals are probably what inspired you to this project. There’s nothing more fascinating than watching a minute copepod flit around in a jar or a snail crawl up the glass sucking in invisible...

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Choosing Jarrarium Plants

Factors to consider when choosing plants Deciding what kind of plants you want to have in your jarrarium should be one of the first things you do. The kind of plants you want will determine the substrate you choose, how big the jar needs to be, and also if you can...

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Cycling your Jarrarium

What is Cycling? Cycling is a term you might have heard if you’ve ever dug a bit deeper into the aquarium hobby. As I mentioned in the previous section, there’s a whole host of organisms that are a critical part of aquatic ecosystems. These microscopic plants,...

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Jarrariums: All About the Water

Being that we are making an aquatic ecosystem, you would think that a lot of attention should be paid to the water part of it. Fortunately, water is pretty simple. How to treat your water You have two options. The first option is to create neutral water and use it to...

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Choosing a Substrate

Which substrate should I choose? Choosing your substrate is perhaps the most important part of the process. What kind of jarrarium are you going for? Do you want an au natural jar that mimics a pond? Are you going for a finely crafted piece of art, and the jar is just...

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Choosing a Jar for your Jarrarium

How to choose a Jar While these micro-aquariums are usually called “jarrariums”, they do not necessarily need to be built in a jar. Any container that is transparent will work. The ideal material for the vessel is glass, as it strikes the best balance between...

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