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Old 11-26-2012, 08:53 AM   #1 
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Advice on plants for a NPT?

I was hoping I could get an opinion on this for two NPTs, because I'm not too sure about some of the plants.

http://www.java-plants.com/product_i...roducts_id=256

They're going to be split between a 8g and 2.5g tank. I'm also going to get some water lettuce.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:05 AM   #2 
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Well, a lot depends on what type of light you have. Many of those plants need medium to high light to really look good. What type of lights do you have? Because your tanks are smaller, I'd guess that you have the lights that came with the tanks? THat's probably low light, and most of these plants will not grow well for you.

Here's some low light plants that look great and are super easy to grow:
-Anubias (this is a rhizome plant, only bury roots not tuber). Many types.
-Java Fern (also rhizome, looks great tied on driftwood). May I suggest the 'windelov' variety?
-Cryptocorenes (rooted in the substrate)
-Java moss (a moss, grows like crazy in anything)
-Marimo moss balls (great anti-algae, since it is an algae, just one you want!)

I would not buy a large collection of plants like that just because you could have massive failure and lose all that money. I'd suggest you buy a couple different types of plants, research them, and see how it goes. Best to start small, figure out what your capabilities are, and go from there.
HTH. I may be a noob about bettas, but not about plants!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #3 
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Thanks. I've been looking up the individual plants, but I keep getting conflicting information and it's really confusing.

What would the minimum amount of plants to make a NPT work be?
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:12 PM   #4 
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See if this sticky post will help answer some of your questions.
Don't hesitate to ask questions on what you don't understand....
We are happy to help....

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=114575

And as BethyMT posted...success with planted tanks-can be based on the proper color temp of the lights.

Looking at your plant list on that link-most of the plants will do fine in a soil based tank with a Daylight 6500k bulb. Some of the plants I will have to research myself-not sure what they are....
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:23 PM   #5 
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you will want DWARF water lettuce.... water lettuce can get as big as a real lettuce....
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:37 PM   #6 
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Thank you again.

I just typed out a long reply but my internet connection is pretty crappy. :/

I've looked at the guide, I'm having a hard time finding all the right plants. I wish I lived in America, you guys seem to have everything.

I'm pretty sure the 8g has a 6500k bulb and I can get one for the 2.5g one.

I'll try to find some dwarf lettuce.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:07 PM   #7 
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if plants are hard to find... I say go for elodea.... you can find those anywhere

you will need to cover 70% of the substrate with stem plants.... of which elodea/anacharis is one.

you can gradually replace this plat with other stems when you find them....

and honestly you dont have to do an NPT at all :)
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:49 AM   #8 
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I'm actually not so sure on the whole 75% stem plants thing.. I'd encourage you to get 3-4 smaller crypts (3 crypt wendtii 1.5 inches apart in a corner, and crypt willissi or parva across the tank from them toward the front) for the 2.5 and crypts and small swordplants for the other (Crypt wendtiis, blassii, spiralis, and a echinodorus parviflorus or three) with some nice stem plants as filler.

Hygrophila sp, ludwigea repens, rotala indica, proserinaca palustrus, and a few others would work well. Essentially, if its red or pink, don't expect it to grow.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:52 AM   #9 
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I thought water lettuce when in the tank it doesn't get enough light so it is called "dwarf" water lettuce? When given full sun they should grow into larger plants, but that requires a lot of light. This one lady, Diana, was talking about it when I went to a SFBAAPS meeting to her house, she just took them from the delta XD
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:21 AM   #10 
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no... they're two different plants oO
there's a big difference between dwarf water lettuce and stunted water lettuce. lolol
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