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New (and first) NPT!

About three weeks ago now I started my first NPT :)
The scape is awful I know. xD

I have Moneywort (bacopa), Anubias Nana, and Amazon sword.
I wanted duckweed, but my LPS didn't carry any.

I'd been planning a NPT for about 2 months and finally just went and got the stuff. The substrate is an iron-enriched gravel/soil I found at petsmart capped with some extra gravel I had lying around instead of sand. It's actually working pretty well, I was a bit skeptical of it.

So far, the Moneywort and Anubias are doing great, the Anubias was secured to larger rocks and sunk to the bottom (I plan on rescaping once I find a good piece of driftwood.) and the Moneywort is half planted/half floating. The Amazon sword was planted at the back. It's all grown quite a bit since the picture!

As of right now this is a guppy tank (two of the little buggers live in there right now) I'm hoping to add a few more guppies or switch them out with a [new] Betta.
(My betta, Pongo, lives with guppies and loves them, so he wouldn't mind a couple more in his house. ;P)



The only problem I'm having is with the Amazon sword. One of the plants' (the middle one's) leaves are starting to brown. Is it just the plant doing the usual "die off and come back" as it grows accustomed to the water or something else?
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Looking good!!

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^_^ you might want more stem plants~
but it's looking good~ id the substrate leeching tannins?

if the lighting's orange you will need to look for a 6500k bulb
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^_^ you might want more stem plants~
but it's looking good~ id the substrate leeching tannins?

if the lighting's orange you will need to look for a 6500k bulb
I've been looking into more plants. It's just hard since the stores around here don't sell too many (or healthy ones.) Any that you would suggest? I may have to order some online... [and I really want some duckweed]

The substrate is doing fine, the water is all crystal clear now and at the right parameters. :) The guppies are loving it.
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how is that light?
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how is that light?
The plants seem to do well with it, but it is the generic light found in this tank set: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

I'm thinking about replacing it with an Aqueon 50/50 Flourescent.
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i dont think the plants will grow with the current bulb ^_^
if it's one of those screw in bulbs you can easily grab a 6500k one from home depot or something
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i dont think the plants will grow with the current bulb ^_^
if it's one of those screw in bulbs you can easily grab a 6500k one from home depot or something
I've seen some pretty good plant growth, actually. My bacopa's gotten taller and the Anubias' stems have gotten a bit longer (I think there's even a new shoot forming.)
The amazon sword is suffering though, it's started browning.
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yeah.. plants need blue light to grow, red light to flower.... so the conditions right no is not optimum^_^
especially since ur running a NPT.... technically the sword should be flourishing with a soil subtrate. it's kind of odd if it's not doing well...
with incorrect lighting, u'll also get unwanted algae.....
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yeah.. plants need blue light to grow, red light to flower.... so the conditions right no is not optimum^_^
especially since ur running a NPT.... technically the sword should be flourishing with a soil subtrate. it's kind of odd if it's not doing well...
with incorrect lighting, u'll also get unwanted algae.....
It's just the sword in the middle that is browning. The other two are doing just fine and have grown taller.
I already planned on replacing my lighting.
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