So Cory, the catfish, has eaten the shrimp. Pieces of their bodies remain in the soil and grass.......Awesome. This whole situation that arose never crossed my mind before I put the container together so it was a great taste of randomness. I fear for the fish's life as he has been going to the surface and floating upside down on occasion.
In this blog I will capture with photos the life of a self-sustaining mini-ecosystem. The terrarium consists of a few key ingredients:
Store bought gravel
Store bought aquarium grass
Store bought water purifier
Store bought air-tight container
One small jar of pond scum (1 third mud/soil 2 thirds water) from the bottom of a small lake
Half-bottle of drinking water
One Cory catfish
2 Deceased Ghost Shrimp
2 Live Ghost Shrimp
One Mystery Snail
The shrimp and catfish have become adapted to their new home. They are actively cleaning up small pin head sized bugs that have come with the pot scum. I was surprised by these when my friend Spencer and I looked into our new jars of pond scum. The small bugs swim around reproducing so that the shrimp and cat fish and possibly the snail can eat them. The grass is for oxygen so that the fish can breath. It should, in theory, self-sustain. We shall see!