Wow!! Your tank is beautiful! I LOVE IT!!! This is exactly what I wanna do! Probably won't b able to get this kind of set-up started 'til the fall, but I wanna b able to grow baby tears plants, ~Have always Loved the Looks of it!~ so I guess I'll need a higher light situation as well, would love to do Co2, but that will be a little ways away... Thanks for the peabody website! That is great to know about! Thank You, Thank You! :) Happy Growing! :)
Thank you!! I really appreciate the compliment. I wanted to do something more fancy, but love the overgrown look, so I'll keep it like this for now.
It's actually fairly inexpensive to start an NPT but does require a LOT of work! Took me a good 6 hours to get everythig done from rinsing sand to removing everything existing and to filling it back up again. But totally worth it.
You'll definitely need co2 and high light to get a good mat of baby tears if you are talking about the dwarf kind. Mine are the regular So I didn't necessarily need co2 but with all the red plants I have and with a couple needing moderate/high light, I figured I'd go that route to stop algea growth.
Co2 does get expensive though. Cost 150 total for the entire set-up and that was with the cheapest double gauge regualtor with solenoid I found on amazon.
You can do it cheaper if you skimp on the regulator which is something I don't recommend.
If I were to do anything different, I may have done dual or quadruple t5ho bulbs rather than the Finnex led's because I've heard that LED's tend to not have the right spectrum for red plants.
The peabody's website is officially my favorite place to get plants from. I hope you like it as well as I do, check their YouTube channel out too, they have give-always weekly which may help you get started.
I think In total, I've spent nearly $300 on upgrades for this tank. Which is a lot for me being a full time student with a part time job, but I don't regret it for a second.