FINALLY, IT'S HERE!!!
After weeks of preparation (I had to custom build a shelf-bridge to go over my two stands!), late nights of research (via this forum XP) and a plethora of pretty pennies, I have finally put together my first NPT!
I started setting it up by rinsing out the tank and sifting the organic miracle gro soil this morning at 10 am and I just plugged in the filter and dumped in the shrimp to start the cycling at 11 pm. About 12 hours of work, but totally worth it!
There's a bit of dirt still floating about, but hopefully that will settle~
The tiki hut is a washed out donation but really great addition, I believe...
Hopefully it'll provide a bit more cover for the Harlequin Rasbora school or couple of ADF's I plan to add after it cycles?
The plants are:
Anubias Nana - Mountain Top
Mini Umbrella Plant- Side of Tiki Hut
Mini Java Fern- Slightly Underneath Filter
White Ribbon- Background
(Hopefully I can get some Java Moss to start working on a carpet!
I added 3 jumbo shrimp to begin the shrimp-in cycle, and I'm currently waiting for a new heater and the API Freshwater Master Kit to arrive from Ebay!
To mark the special event (and to try and add a little variety to the occaison), I bought some Hikari frozen brine shrimp for Bo! I cut a cube in half, and although Bo didn't seem too keen about them, he was soon gobbling them up like a little shark! It was really cool to watch~
Now the new tank is happily humming away, and I'm really happy and excited to see how it all comes together! Thank you so much to everyone who's posts, input, and well wishes have empowered me to take this big step. You guys are awesome and
Comments, opinions and advice on the set up and cycling would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
Have a great day everyone!
Caii and Bo