I currently have a 5 gallon tank set up it has lots of live plants but is not an NPT tank. I am moving my betta boy into a new 10 gallon so I can use the 5 gallon as a shrimp tank so I have a few questions for those more experienced than me.
First how do I go about situating the 10 gallon tank? Will my non soil based tank transfer to a soil based tank okay?
What if I dont have quite enough plants? Currently I have Water Sprite, Micro Sward(grassy stuff), Wisteria, Amazon Swords (or so I was told), and two plants I grew from bulbs from walmart. It is enough to fill out my 5 gallon nicely but I think it will be a bit bare in the 10 gallon. Will that be okay?
What is the best way to trim plants (with as little harm as possible) so they dont get too tall in the tank?
Can you do a NPT with a 5 gallon of only shrimp and no fish or is soemthing else a better choice? Also what plants will work best for a npt shrimp tank?
For the 10 gallon do I have to do snails or can I do something like corys instead for algea?
Also when I go to move to my fish into the 10 gallon can I just used the already cycled water form his tank and then add fresh water? That way it wont have to re cycle?
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am new to NPT's and honeslty mostly live platned tanks in general and want to do this right.
For lighting I have a 10 watt 6500k light.
I bought the orange bag of organic miracle grow for soil.
Small rock for a cap for the ten gallon and most likely sand for a cap for the shrimp tank.