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Old 12-19-2010, 03:25 AM   #1 
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Red face NPT Log

I like making logs So here's one
for my NPTs (Natural Planted Tanks)

Entry 1:

I've gotten 8 stalks of Anarchis and
3 java ferns. At first I didn't rinse them
well enough and lots of leaves and rotten
stem pieces were floating all over in my
tanks. I tried for 10 minutes to root all
8 stems of Anarchis in the little cup of
gravel in Neons tank. Meanwhile, I just
floated all the Java ferns in Velvets tank,
rushing around panicked because the
Anarchis was being difficult. At first I
thought I had 2 java ferns, but turns
out that I got a free one! One of the
ferns was two javaferns that were tied
together!

I gave up on the Anarchis in Neons tank
and tried to net the majority of the debris.
I gave up and just did a 100% waterchange,
now that thet Anarchis had been washed
off in Neons tank I safely floated it in
Velvets tank. So, all 11 plants were floating
in Velvets tank and Neon was in a bowl. I
went on here and decided to split the
Anarchis, 4 stems for each tank, and float
the healthiest looking java fern in Neons tank.

Okay, so my tanks don't have plant debris.
I had been planning on moving a desklamp
with a 20w curly bulb, but no one was
getting a decent amount of time for light.
So I dragged out my other lamp and put
in a 9w lightbulb and set it next to Velvets
1.75 gallon tank. Neon gets extra wattage,
20 watts for a 2.5 gallon tank with low light
plants! All through I've been cleaning some
beautiful 1/4 inch rock thingys for substrate.
I'm planning on anchoring 2 stems of
Anarchis in each tank and float 2 and root
the java ferns.

The first day has been plant chaos I've
probably bored you to death so you didn't
finish reading, but if you did thanks for reading
it! More updates to come tomarrow! Pics:

1: Neons tank
2: Close up of Neons floating plant bundle
3. Velvets tank
4. Close up of Velvets floating plant bundle
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:32 AM   #2 
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Whats with the 'Sad' bubble drawings along the outside of the tank hahaha just get a few photo's or drawing's no one uses or frames and just stick them there... anything's better than black and white bubbles hahaha.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:00 AM   #3 
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Just an FYI-NPT or natural planted tanks are soil, potting soil, top soil based tanks that have lots and lots of plants-70-80% of the floor planted in stems and 10-20% floating at least....

Your tank look good regardless....good job....
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:23 PM   #4 
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Well it's not a NPT yet but I'm guessing it can't be considered one because when I'm done rocks will be my substratte... so PT log (=
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:24 PM   #5 
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Okay so this is my PT (Planted Tank) Log! Yeah...

Entry 2:

Today I got Neons tank all set up. His plants
look stumpier than I expected, so I'll be getting
more plants soon. I know for a fact the store I
got my plants from has HUGE java ferns and java
moss, both of which I'll be buying.

Unfortunatly I didn't clean enough of the rocks to
set up Velvets tank, but that'll happen tomarrow.
Neon was very curous when I put him back in, he
kept on swimming through a root on his Java fern
and through an arch made by the Anarchis. He was
also checking out his new rocks, too. Luckily
these rocks keep the plants down so it looks okay,
but I really need another bunch of Anarchis. When
I buy it I might just put all 8 stems into his tank....

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