Atomic Shrimp, a YouTuber, just started his own window sill pond ecology, and the results are both interesting and strangely comforting. He began chronicling the ecosystem’s evolution after scooping up a jar of dirty pond water and, in the process, introducing his followers to some intriguing species.
He brought us along on his expedition to watch the creatures growing in the water for three weeks. Several flatworms were included, as well as hydra, an immortal freshwater creature that became the unwitting star of the videos. The hydra fought the flatworms as the top predators inside the jar, with slender green bodies and stinging tentacles. The brutal takedown of a flatworm by a hydra during week two is a fantastic sight to watch.
The hydra’s reproduction abilities are also remarkable. They just duplicated themselves through asexual reproduction when the container was full with food at first. Before splitting off, new hydra emerged as buds on the parent. Budding ceased when the environment became less favorable, and they began to focus on sexual reproduction.
The container filled up with single-celled creatures as the weeks passed, and Atomic Shrimp even saw what he believed was a freshwater shrimp. Unfortunately, after three weeks, the experiment came to an end when an unexpected visitor was discovered in the jar. A little tadpole had born, possibly from a newt.
The egg, according to Atomic Shrimp, had gotten into the container on a bit of algae or weed.
When faced with the ethical problem of keeping a vertebrate in an environment where it would never live, Atomic Shrimp decided to return the jar to the pond, despite the fact that newts are a protected species in the UK. The full-circle sensation of seeing the jar back in the water more than compensates for the small disappointment.
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Atomic Shrimp, a YouTuber, used murky pond water to make his own closed habitat.
Flatworms and hydra were immediately evident after the water had cleared.
The predatory activity and asexual reproduction of hydras make them particularly intriguing.
There was also a probable glimpse of freshwater shrimp in the second week.
The experiment came to a halt when a tadpole was spotted in the container.
Its growing heart and limbs would be unable to survive in such a confined space.
As a result, Atomic Shrimp restored the creatures to the pond with care.
Watch the ecosystem grow over the course of the three weeks of the window sill pond experiment.