Jarrarium Material’s List

What You Need To Start a Jarrarium

From the cover photo, I’d like to make it clear, the first thing not to put in a Jarrarium, is a betta! And now that that’s covered, a Jarrarium consists of 6 components.

  • Container
  • Substrate
  • Plants
  • De-chlorinated water
  • Algae eaters
  • Light Source

And if you’re having trouble deciding what to get, here’s a list of what we would recommend!

Jarrariums / Containers

Royal Imports Flower Vase Acrylic Rectangle 12 x 4 x 4-INCH

  • About 0.8 – 0.9 gallons
  • Rounded edges
  • Long, clear vase made of acrylic
  • Suitable for shrimp, snails may escape

Frogbit in 0.5 Gallon Square Jarrarium

Top Fin Calm Glass Aquarium 5 x 5 x 5-Inch

  • About 0.5 gallons
  • Comes with a plastic top cover, but doesn’t completely cover top
  • Simplistic, rimless square design
  • Glass body

My Fun Fish Tank 4 3/4 x 6 x 10-Inch

  • About 0.8-0.9 gallons
  • Low-cost, light, portable
  • Recommended for snails and shrimp, not bettas
  • Comes with a lid, rocks, and plastic plant
  • Plastic body, with removable plastic tubes
  • Large light not included
  • Affordable


Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum

  • Suitable at minimum, for plants and shrimp
  • Mineral rich volcanic soil
  • Neutral to mildly acidic PH
  • Tiny spherical-shaped soil
  • Light, porous soil contributes to the development of beneficial bacteria

Carib Sea Eco Complete Planted Black Aquarium Substrate

  • Mineral rich volcanic soil
  • More rock-like texture
  • Contains bacteria that assists in faster cycling and waste breakdown


Zafina 3 Pack Aquarium Plant Seeds

  • Easy to grow, in water or dry start
  • Luscious green carpet, be generous when planting
  • Highly recommend dry start method for cohesive carpet look


  • Lighting: Medium – High
  • Miracle workers, in any Jarrarium or aquarium setup!
  • In the event of a chemical imbalance, these plants will grow erratically, absorbing the waste and excess nutrients in your tank.
  • Fast growing and self-reproductive, can eventually flower!
  • Capable of rapidly growing and covering the top of the tank, therefore take this into consideration for any ground plants that require light.


  • Lighting: Medium – High
  • For the less experienced hobbyist, these are often regarded as a nightmare to take care of.
  • For the more experienced, these duckweeds are incredibly decorative, as well as beneficial to the ecosystem! Think mini-Frogbits!
  • They get everywhere, so in the event of a water change prepare yourself for some micro managing.
  • Like Frogbits, capable of rapidly growing and covering the top of the tank, therefore take this into consideration for any ground plants that require light.


  • Lighting: Medium – High
  • Slow-fast grower depending on the tank and lighting conditions.
  • As it grows, roots will grow off its body and latch itself to the soil
  • Propagating is as simple as clipping new growth off

Java moss

  • Lighting: Low – Medium
  • Prone to algae growth, however shrimp will forage them like no other!
  • Easy to grow, be wary of giving it too much light, may actually turn brown from the light.


  • Lighting: Low – High
  • Thrives in any lighting condition, but also susceptible to harboring too much algae in high lighting conditions. (Solvable with algae-eaters!)
  • Ensure that the rhizome (the thick base) of the plant is not covered or buried, because it requires lighting as well!
  • To propagate, clip new growth on the rhizome that has at least three or four leaves, and preferably a root growing out of it.


  • Lighting: Medium-High
  • An aesthetically pleasing aquarium plant, quite similar to an anacharis!
  • Growth dependent on conditions of tank and lighting
  • Capable of rapidly growing and preventing light from reaching the bottom of the tank, blocking other grounded plants from light.

Water Conditoner

API TAP Water Conditioner 16-Ounce Bottle

  • Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals to make tap water safe for your aquatic life
  • Use when adding or changing water and when adding new fish to freshwater and saltwater aquariums

Algae Eaters

Red Cherry shrimp

  • Lifespan: 1 year
  • Becomes little-to-no maintenance in any planted tank.
  • In a Jarrarium, they feed off of the growing algae and plants that naturally grows in the ecosystem, requiring no feeding on your part! (Just leave the light on often)
  • Reaches maturity at around six months, and then is capable of sexually reproducing.

Mystery snails

  • Lifespan: 1 year
  • Much like cherry shrimp, requires little-to-no maintenance in an established planted Jarrarium.
  • Be wary, these snails will uproot carpet plants to feed on the decaying matter.
  • Incredible algae eaters, if your tank suffers from any regular algae, including hair algae, these snails will significantly clean up.
  • Creates an excessive amount of waste, so be sure to have your Jarrarium be established as well as well-stocked in plants.


LEPOWER Metal Desk Lamp, Adjustable Goose Neck Table Lamp, Eye-Caring Study Lamps for Bedroom and Office

  • Metallic, sturdy, and tall
  • Heat dissipation design
  • Angle adjustable

Bonus: Water Test Kit

API Aquarium Test Kit

  • Almost a necessity for any aquarium hobbyist, measuring the chemical balance in your setup allows us to understand how established or imbalanced your setup is.
  • Tests for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, PH, and High PH

2 Replies to “Jarrarium Material’s List

  1. Thanks for this list! Never thought about using a flower vase until now, will definitely try it out

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