Learn how to make a beautiful, self-sustaining indoor pond for your home
1. What are indoor ponds?
Indoor ponds are tiny self-sustaining worlds in glass containers, that need only little care, compared to aquariums.
They make use of the natural cycles in nature, such as the exchange of oxygen and nutrients, and therefore are better than "regular aquariums" at balancing themselves without human intervention.
There are different terms to describe different kind of indoor ponds, here are some:
2. What is so fascinating about indoor ponds?
Throughout those different communities you can find reoccurring themes of what people find fascinating about indoor ponds:
Personally I really like to observe the little animals in my jar and see how the ecosystem changes over time.
3. How do I make an indoor pond?
Have at least one of the point above interesting you? Good.
Making an jarrarium - probably the simplest form of an indoor pond - can be really rewarding. Plus it is something that is relatively easy and cheap to accomplish!
As I have only 2 months of experience with Jarrariums (and some years with terrariums), I think it's better if I let an "expert" do the explaining.
Check out selfsustainingecosystem.com/jarrarium-guides/ for a really well written, comprehensive guide on making your own indoor pond!
What I personally did was buying a nice glass jar and then taking it to a nearby pond. There I collected pebbles (for the bottom layer), tiny snails (to keep algae from spreading) and duckweed plants (to help with the oxygen cycle). I also used water from the pond, as it already contains algae and micro-organisms that are important for the natural cycles of the jar! The result was really fascinating, I did need to do little to no maintenance over the last 2 months and I had a lot of fun observing my little snails :)
4. Closing thoughts & links for further reading
I hope I inspired you to make your own indoor pond! :) Definitively check out the selfsustainingecosystem.com/ site for more info on this topic - the author has written a really well researched, good to understand guide.