So the title pretty much says it all. In waiting for my new fishy boy to ship, I have managed to set up this tank. It is my first shot at a NPT, though I have been keeping plants for almost 2 years now. Right now the tank has some ghost shrimp, trumpet snails, and various other things that I probably couldn't name if I tried. I have a journal going on in the journal section, but I felt like posting here because, well, why not?!
The hood is a vinyl gutter, cut to size, and capped with two end caps. I have 2, 13 watt 6500K bulbs in the hood. There is a vent cut in the back to help cool the bulbs, and the hood will be painted black soon to help prevent light escaping and so it looks more professional.
Plants are various, off the top of my head: purple cabomba, banana plant (my fav...), Marimo moss ball, hornwort, various crypts, frogbit, duckweed, anubius, amazon compacta, Christmas moss, and two others that I can't remember the name of. I was getting decent growth with the fluorescent bulb I had before, but I am hoping for massive growth in doubling my wattage. At the very least, this tank is visually much more impressive with the new lighting. It is much easier to see everything, and the shrimp are 10x more active! Pictures just don't do it justice, I need to break out the tripod to get better shots.