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Talking Ta-da! My 10 gallon NPT!!! <3

FINALLY, IT'S HERE!!!

After weeks of preparation (I had to custom build a shelf-bridge to go over my two stands!), late nights of research (via this forum XP) and a plethora of pretty pennies, I have finally put together my first NPT!

I started setting it up by rinsing out the tank and sifting the organic miracle gro soil this morning at 10 am and I just plugged in the filter and dumped in the shrimp to start the cycling at 11 pm. About 12 hours of work, but totally worth it!

There's a bit of dirt still floating about, but hopefully that will settle~

The tiki hut is a washed out donation but really great addition, I believe...
Hopefully it'll provide a bit more cover for the Harlequin Rasbora school or couple of ADF's I plan to add after it cycles?

The plants are:

Anubias Nana - Mountain Top
Mini Umbrella Plant- Side of Tiki Hut
Mini Java Fern- Slightly Underneath Filter
White Ribbon- Background
(Hopefully I can get some Java Moss to start working on a carpet! )

I added 3 jumbo shrimp to begin the shrimp-in cycle, and I'm currently waiting for a new heater and the API Freshwater Master Kit to arrive from Ebay!

To mark the special event (and to try and add a little variety to the occaison), I bought some Hikari frozen brine shrimp for Bo! I cut a cube in half, and although Bo didn't seem too keen about them, he was soon gobbling them up like a little shark! It was really cool to watch~

Now the new tank is happily humming away, and I'm really happy and excited to see how it all comes together! Thank you so much to everyone who's posts, input, and well wishes have empowered me to take this big step. You guys are awesome and

Comments, opinions and advice on the set up and cycling would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Have a great day everyone!

Sincerely,
Caii and Bo
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Update: Woke up this morning and the water was cloudier than Stephen King's Fog! @_@

I took the three shrimp out and put the filter back on it's highest setting, and thus far everything's still cloudy.... what did I do wrong? Is this normal? Should I do a water change?

Thank you for your input if you leave any!
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I think that's normal. Since it hasn't really began to cycle, I would do a 50% water change.
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I think that's normal. Since it hasn't really began to cycle, I would do a 50% water change.
Thank you! Should I put the shrimp back in? Or just one of the shrimp? They're pretty big... ^^;
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hmm you said npt. so soil based tank.

you need more plants for a npt. ideally 70% ground cover of stem plants. you cannot do a shrimp in cycle as shrimps are highly sensitive to any traces of ammonia nitrites and nitrates...
i would recommend to drain the tank, then add more plants.
the variegated dracenea sp you have in the back are not true aquatice plants. if you can find a way to position them so that their leaves are completely out of the water you can benefit from them.

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hmm you said npt. so soil based tank.

you need more plants for a npt. ideally 70% ground cover of stem plants. you cannot do a shrimp in cycle as shrimps are highly sensitive to any traces of ammonia nitrites and nitrates...
i would recommend to drain the tank, then add more plants.
the variegated dracenea sp you have in the back are not true aquatice plants. if you can find a way to position them so that their leaves are completely out of the water you can benefit from them.
No worries Aokashi- by "shrimp in cycle" I meant the raw shrimp method! I went to the store and bought 3 dead jumbo shrimp :3
I wouldn't buy a live shrimp since they kind of scare me... ^///^;
So, since they're raw, dead shrimp... should I put them back in?

Ack! I spent all of my money on plants yesterday... and now they're not even aquatic?! PetSmart is a scam.. ;_;

What if I left them in there, aokashi? I'm going to add more plants later on (amazon swords and java moss), but considering I've no more money... that may take a bit. I'm going to do a 50% water change in a few minutes.

Thank you for your reply!
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leave out the shrimp. with an NPTyou shouldnt seed the cycle it at all. all the nutrients is already in the soil. for $3 i believe you can get a bunch of anacharis/elodeafor your tank. they are great nutrients suckers...
Ican also send you some fast growing stem plants for the price of shipping.

you really need these plants to take care of the nutrients that is comin from the soil.

java moss, java fern and anubias are slow grower and there fore isnt much use as an ammonia sink.

frankly I'm mortified of dead stuff... o_O I'll be sticking to my live shrimps XD
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leave out the shrimp. with an NPTyou shouldnt seed the cycle it at all. all the nutrients is already in the soil. for $3 i believe you can get a bunch of anacharis/elodeafor your tank. they are great nutrients suckers...
Ican also send you some fast growing stem plants for the price of shipping.

you really need these plants to take care of the nutrients that is comin from the soil.

java moss, java fern and anubias are slow grower and there fore isnt much use as an ammonia sink.

frankly I'm mortified of dead stuff... o_O I'll be sticking to my live shrimps XD
Where can I get said plants for $3?
And if I may ask, what kind of plants do you have? If I could buy from you I would like to ^_^
I'm taking back the white ribbon plants for a refund!

Lol! I'm pretty good with "dead" things~ I mean, I would prefer something alive, but when it comes to shrimp, they're scarier alive! XD
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i have some kind of stem plant with really long leaves. :O
Usually it's $3.50 for first class and $6.50 for priority.

petco usually sells loose stems for $3!
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i have some kind of stem plant with really long leaves. :O
Usually it's $3.50 for first class and $6.50 for priority.

petco usually sells loose stems for $3!
Thanks for the advice! Also, would you happen to have pictures of the plants? That would be very helpful...
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