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animals and plants to put into a large closed ecosystem? bottle biology, must be both aquatic and terrestrial?

Question by Chris B: animals and plants to put into a large closed ecosystem? bottle biology, must be both aquatic and terrestrial?
it would be made up of 10 2Litre coke bottles and maybe a couple of the old mason jars if i can get them. bottles will be connected by pvc pipe to allow animals to go between sections.
must have both aquatic and terrestrial
must have both plants and animals living in each section

current ideas:
Aquatic
use 60% as aquatic
using elodea for oxygen production
using whatever small animals come in the water from the pond as well as to get bacteria?
guppies or maybe a goldfish to create waste for nutrients for plants? (what plants should i use?)
possibly cheat the animal for both sections using small frogs from the pond?
maybe triops or shrimp
snails to eat algae

Terrestrial
what plants should I use?
types of insects?

suggestions?
thanks

Best answer:

Answer by DrDontheTermiteGuy
Stick with simple plants. Add some compost for bacteria and fungi. Set it all up with the lids off for a week or more. Use what stays/arrives. It will probably not gain stability, so don’t fret if it cycles out of control and crashes.

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