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Re: ok, so I have this jar......

>From: Damian Maddalena <dmaddale at wvu_edu>
>Subject: ok, so I have this jar......
>I've got this jar that's been sitting around my apartment for over a year.
>It's roughly 6 1/2 inches in diameter (excepting the mouth of the jar which
>narrows down to about 3 1/2 inches) and 11 inches tall. Its volume is
>roughly 1 1/4 gallons. I'm either going to marinate some hot peppers or try
>to grow a plant in it.
>Would I be able to grow a low light plant in this jar? I would not want to
>be bothered with CO2 or with lighting. Ideally, I would want to set it in
>front of a window, and just do water changes. (How often would you change
>the water in a setup like this?) I might even want to add a little fish.
>(Whould that be cruel?)
>What do you all think? Is it possible, and if so, what type of plant would
>you recommend? I was thinking of using a clipping or one of the baby plants
>from my existing java fern.
There are a lot of plants you can grow in a gallon jar, even big ones.  I
have a lot of my plants in jars on windowsills, because I am a bit of a
collector, and, when they are in jars, they require very little
maintanance.  Even Vallisneria that can get leaves several feet long fits
in a jar, although it may get so thick that your fish may not have much
space for swimming.  I have some giant Vallisneria that is capable of
getting leaves 8 or 9 feet long growing in a 2 gallon homemade tank on the
windowsill.  Even large swords don't push off the tops of gallon jars if
you put a weight on them.

Paul Krombholz, in Central Mississippi, where we are getting
drought-busting rains, starting yesterday.  At least 2 inches, so far.  The
frogs love it!