Originally Posted by Alex09
It's hard to tell from the pic but it looks like you have mud and water in the tank? I just recently converted my 2.5 gal into a NPT and that was my first mistake. When I poured in the gravel all the muddy brown water went to the top and the tank was a mess. I just dumped everything out, put in dry dirt, capped it with gravel, and SLOWLY and GENTLY added water. Water was crystal clear :)
I'm using what OldFishLady told another here:http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=72157&page=2
"Once you get your plants-remove as much water as you can-plant the stem plants then cap with the gravel to help keep them in place-fill half way with water-drain-repeat until the water is clear...be sure and add the dechlorinater on the finial fill....gotta be really careful with filling with water so not to disturb the soil bed...."
It might be different for me because i'm using sand instead of gravel as the top layer for my Cories. So the water will be less "dirty" I think because of the sand blocking out the holes and cracks that gravel doesn't. It will be challenging don't get me wrong lol I have a 10 gal and its in the basement so gonna take a bit but its worth it :).
As for the number of plants the stems will only be in there until the tank picks up its natural filter. Plus I have 5 other thanks that would be good to have more plants in(ranging from 3-20 gals). I like plants XD all of my tanks have them in there ranging from Java fern to a dwarf lily that I got from one of those bulb packages you see all the time at Walmart and the like. Also note that most of the plants are stems that dont take very much room at all. That and i'm debating weather or not to put the 10" Melon sword in the 20 gal or not.