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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 11:47 PM
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the only time i've had a rpoblem with "too many plants" is when they grow in a tangle that makes certain parts of the tank inaccessible to the fish. other than that, if you have a lot of plants you may need to fertilise (fish poop can only go so far) but that's the only complication i can think of.

oh wait, make sure the tall/surface plants don't block light to the shorter ones!

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I think you will be just fine! My NPT started off with a ton of different plants but they were small...now it's just a jungle and my fish loves it. I really wish I would have made all my tanks into NPTs...maybe eventually I'll switch them over.

Here is my 5.5g NPT as of yesterday:

This tank has been set up since 1/15.


By the way, your tank looks amazing so far!!!
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I think you will be just fine! My NPT started off with a ton of different plants but they were small...now it's just a jungle and my fish loves it. I really wish I would have made all my tanks into NPTs...maybe eventually I'll switch them over.

Here is my 5.5g NPT as of yesterday:

This tank has been set up since 1/15.


By the way, your tank looks amazing so far!!!
out of 20 tanks, we've successfully converted 16 to live plants. the trick is to start with the biggest one, plant it with a lot of stem plants like wisteria, primrose, anacharis and hornwort, and let them grow like mad. then you trim them down and use the cuttings to start planting your other tanks, and work in the "accent" plants as you go.

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
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Your tank is soooo green, I love it! :D
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out of 20 tanks, we've successfully converted 16 to live plants. the trick is to start with the biggest one, plant it with a lot of stem plants like wisteria, primrose, anacharis and hornwort, and let them grow like mad. then you trim them down and use the cuttings to start planting your other tanks, and work in the "accent" plants as you go.
Well, I have two planted tanks but one isn't a NPT...I have eco-complete substrate in there. I have a lot of fish in there and I really think it'd be more of a PITA to try and make it a soil-based tank unless they all die or something, haha. My other 5g doesn't have the light capabilites for a planted tank. :(

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Your tank is soooo green, I love it! :D
Thanks! Yours will look like that in no time :D
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