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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Critique My Plans

Here is my plan:

I want to have a NPT. I have a 20 g T. Not what I wanted, but my boyfriend was a party pooper and PetSmart was sold out of 20 g L.

I am using Seachem Flourite as substrate.

I am planning on a low-medium light.

I have 2 bunches of Anacharis (free floating), 3 Amazon Swords (planted), 2 small clippings of Hornwort (free floating), and Moneywort (planted).

I plan on picking up Java Moss tomorrow (if I can find it) and several Anubis plants (Anubis is my favorite plant )

I have Duckweed coming as well to add to the tank.

My plan is to pick up some MTS and s few ghost shrimp tomorrow to add to the tank.

My plan is to not use a filter, and have the plants act as the filter.

Do you see any red flags so far in my plans? Are there other plants I should consider adding? I'm concerned about the Moneywort because 1) I planted it into the corner without much room to spread, does it need to spread it's roots and 2) it's medium-high light and my tank is going to be low-medium light.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Actually I've already critiqued part myself... I'm going to skip the Ghost Shrimp, because I want RCS and I've read that Ghosties may be aggressive towards RCS.

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I would use a filter, because it may or may not cycle instantly, and to add a little bit of water flow to even out the temperature and nutrient distribution. :) That's my take on it, though.
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I think a filter is a good idea in an NPT that large. It doesn't have to be a big filter just something to circulate the water and grow BB.
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I think a filter for a tank that will support it, is a great idea. As for other plants, marimo balls are GREAT. And maybe wisteria? I haven't had problems with wisteria before with low to medium light. :)
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You should definitely get at least one marimo- they're so cute! Anubias is one of my favorite plants, too!
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I think you should get a filter - even a small one, just because.

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I ended up getting today:

Wisteria
Java Fern
2 Anubis
South American Sword
2 more Amazon Sword

I'm still hoping to find some Java Moss somewhere this week so I can order my RCS. I also LOVE Marimo Moss balls. I have 6 of them in my other tanks. I was debating getting one and pulling it apart and using it to blanket part of my "driftwood" (it's artificial). Maybe I'll pick one up tomorrow when I pick up some fertilizer for the plants. I'm going to make it a low-tech NPT tank, but I was thinking I'll use some fertilizers just to encourage growth here in the beginning.

I'll rethink the filter since so many think I should use one.

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Here are the pictures of my tank today. It's still not full all the way. NPT 1 .jpg

Here is the side I refer to as the "sword forest" It has 5 Amazon Swords and 1 South American Sword.
NPT 2.jpg

Here is the side with my Wisteria and Moneywort. The Java Fern is hidden behind the driftwood.The Hornwort is floating on this side (it's tied itself up in the Moneywort.
NPT 3.jpg

What do you think so far? Any aquascaping problems you see?

ETA: The Anubis is on the driftwood (you can see it at the top of the driftwood near the water line. I put it into the holes that were too tiny for fish to swim through . I did that in another tank, and it grew really nicely.

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Another filter benefit: Gets rid of any cloudiness. :D

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