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Old 09-10-2013, 12:05 AM   #1 
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Lightbulb Upgrading Soon! (Critter Tote/Keeper)

So, I'm going to be upgrading soon (at the end of this week) to the Medium All Living Things Critter Tote (that's the almost 3gal one). I would like to plant it. I'm sorely tempted to make it a natural planted one but, well... I'm leery of the weight the Tote will be as I do travel back and forth from college to home around the holidays (I'm in-state so, no flying).

I've read through the NPT that OldFishLady posted and I love the idea. For the folks that have done the Critter Totes/Keepers as NPTs without pots: Does it work? I'd love to do it for Kasper, but again I'm leery of the weight and having to dismantle an NPT for transport, then set it back up again for a short-bit, then dismantle it again.

Aw heck, I've talked myself out of trying an NPT.

So instead, let's try sand on the bottom with river-pebbles, some driftwood, a pair of Frill Plants, Floating Duckweed (the real-stuff not the plastic ones) and one of those super-fancy amazing DIY float-y canvas hides. Along with a heater and possibly a filter. Maybe. Not sure.

Does that sound like a good plan? I'm going to see if I can return my current Critter Tote (it's a small one) at Petsmart. The folks at mine have been awfully helpful. <3
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I think a couple of real plants in little pots would be a low maintenance way to get into plants. I have 3 planted 2.5 tanks and they seem to do really well.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:44 PM   #3 
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Update: Kasper is now in the Large All Living Things Tote. He has black sand, a mondo grass (I know it's not aquatic but the Water Wisteria was over-priced), some nice round pebbles and a TopFin Mini Heater (the 7.5 watt). I think he's terribly confused by how big his home is now. Goofy little fish loves the heater... he's sitting right over it and just, is happy. Did not buy any driftwood (too expensive right now) but that's okay.

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Old 09-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #4 
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a nice, cheap driftwood is Cholla, but you have to find a piece too small (and the holes in the sides too small) to stop them from trying to swim into it. It took me months to find the pieces I have now.
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