- Obtain a bowl or vase. Usually the bigger the better.
I recommend around 1/2 gallon or larger. Craft stores
or large retailers tend to have a pretty good selection
but even a large pickle jar can be made to look nice.
- Put about an inch of sand or gravel on the bottom. While
not absolutely necessary it serves several purposes.
- aesthetic value
- a substrate of sand or gravel will help harbor needed
beneficial bacteria which eat harmful toxins such
as ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.
- Help hold down any plants you wish to at to your
tank or bowl.
- a sand - trumpet snail combination will aid in breaking
down and removing un eaten food and waste.
- Clean the bowl and gravel by flushing with water several
times to make sure any excesses dirt is removed especially
from the sand or gravel. Don't use any commercial cleansers
for this, lingering traces of any chemicals such as soaps
or disinfectants could prove toxic to the future inhabitants.
Just plain tap water will do.
- When your satisfied your bowl in clean, fill with tap
water and then let sit for 3-4 days to allow any residual
chorine in the water to dissipate. during this waiting
period you can add plants.
- Add any other inhabitants to your bowl you deem appropriate.
- Periodic Care - Basically there are two forms of periodic
care that need to take place in your Globe or Vase. Partial
water changes and feeding .