Vase Care: Stocking the Bowl

Types of Animals and plants suitable for Glass Island globes

Fish Types


Bettas have done very well in Glass Island containers

Habits – does well alone and with other fish its own size except with other Bettas
Water conditions – water temperature should not go below 25c


For a fish that reportedly needs running water and a lot of room these fish have done remarkably well in our globes. While we have successfully keep 1-2 in our small globes and vases. We recommend 3-4 in our larger globes.
Habits - Typically peaceful and active .
Water conditions are not critical, Temperatures 23c to 26c


Thrive and usually need to be moved to other globes as there number increases.
Habits - Typically peaceful and active but some can be fin nippers
Water conditions are not critical, Temperatures 23c to 26c


We have tested several varieties found in Florida all of which have done very well. Habits and water conditions will vary depending on where they are obtained. Minnows obtained from non moving warm water ponds will do much better than species found in fast water streams or rivers.

Black stripe Tetra

Do well in small numbers
Habits - Typically peaceful and active
Water conditions are not critical except when spawning, Temperatures 23c to 26c

Tiger barb

Not recommended for smaller globes but we have had success in keeping single individuals in our large and extra large sizes.
Habits – tend to bully other fish and each other unless kept in groups of 3 or more.
Water conditions – prefer soft, slightly acid water between 21 & 29c

Neon Tetras

Not recommended for small and medium size globes. They seems to need more room than the globes allow.

Freshwater Puffers (Tetraodontidaes)

Several of these species are noted for their unfriendliness towards other fish but can do great by themselves in a planted globe. We have had one for months on our kitchen table and its gotten to know us all quite well.


Ghost shrimp

Thrive and usually multiply


Crayfish smaller individuals do well by themselves but would probably eat each other if more than one were kept together. Also bear in mind they will tend to climb, eat and generally disrupt any vegetation you have with them in the globe.

Fiddler crabs do well but like crayfish they are climbers and will often eat any vegetation you have with them

Hermit crabs

- still testing -

Triops – still testing but we have actually managed to raise several generations in a single globe.