So, today was the day for my NPTs!
The plants arrived by 1 o'clock
I was freaking out... They were packaged great, and a few extras were tossed in :D. The Pennywort was getting a little yellow around the edges, but then again, any plant would be after several days in a box. :)
I decided to tear down the divided NPT first, because I wanted my little siblings to be able to pick and chose whatever plants they wanted.
What was distressing though, is I didn't have enough prepared soil for both tanks! (I never did end up getting the Miracle grow potting soil, we'll see how this goes)...
My little 7 year old brother did his side first. It has pennywort, the roseafolia, the dwarf lilly, the foxtail or narrow leaf anacrhis (they both look remarkably similar), an aponogeton bulb, and one of the hygrophilias.
Unfortunately, my dad had gotten rid of all the water lettuce... I have no floaters! D: Water changes will have to be at least once a day for a while in order to keep the nutrient levels managable until the plants start to grow for me.
This was the end result. It's cloudy, so I'll do another water change if it doesn't clear up in a few hours. I must say, I'm proud of my little sister (12 years old). :) She arranged her side (the right side) very well. It has the same plants as my little brother, but with microsword instead of the dwarf lilly, and the crypt instead the the hygrophilia.
Since I didn't have enough soil for my tank, I had to lug out the potting soil and rinse enough to fill it. I made a mess, but figured it'd be okay. Then, on top of the mess, I moved my tank to the main floor, where the most natural sunlight is. Even though it's the family room, my grandpa spends the most time there and had forbidden the tank from being on the main floor... well... there is the saying "sometimes it is easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission." That experience has told me that it is a load of bull! XD My mom was furious, my grandpa was a bit peeved, and I had to go scrub down the house and deck because I tracked mud around.
Here's my tank. By the time I got around to setting it up, I was feeling a bit shakey because I'd only had a light breakfast. I probably could have been a bit more careful when setting it up together, but I was hungry, so I sort of tossed it together. Hopefully it'll look better as the gaps fill in my slapdash effort. It is also cloudy and has no floaters, but I'll be doing water changes until it is clear andd the plants start to grow. The plants are pennywort, hygrophilia, some wisteria, one little itty bitty stalk of moneywort I rescued from my tank, an aponogeton bulb, a tiny clump of microsword that my little sister missed, anacrhis narrowleaf/foxtail, roseafolia, etc.
The bettas are all in their respective tanks, happy, and exploring. I tossed in all the mts that I could find in the gravel, but I'm not sure how happy they are with me. It's been a few hours, and they're all still clumped up in their shells and not moving. The pond snails are just fine
But they don't burrow. Hopefully my mts will get to burrowing and keeping the soil from compacting. If I see them in the same place tomorrow, I'll run to a petstore and wheedle a few from the fishlady. She's really nice, and I doubt she'll be upset if I take a few from the plant tank, it's simply crawling with all sorts of snails! XD.
.... It's odd looking at my NPT, because I'm so used to it being divided. When it's not split in half, it looks so much bigger! Panache is incredibly happy with all the extra space, but it looks really empty.... maybe when the tank is stable and fills in, I'll pick up a few shrimps. If not shrimps, then I'd be stuck between a group of cory cats or a small group of platies. I love the way cories look and act, but the gravel might hurt their barbels. I love the platie's colors and the fact that they'd stand out, but unless I pick up all male, I'd have an explosion of fry. Decisions, decisions XD