About three weeks ago now I started my first NPT :)
The scape is awful I know. xD
I have Moneywort (bacopa), Anubias Nana, and Amazon sword.
I wanted duckweed, but my LPS didn't carry any.
I'd been planning a NPT for about 2 months and finally just went and got the stuff. The substrate is an iron-enriched gravel/soil I found at petsmart capped with some extra gravel I had lying around instead of sand. It's actually working pretty well, I was a bit skeptical of it.
So far, the Moneywort and Anubias are doing great, the Anubias was secured to larger rocks and sunk to the bottom (I plan on rescaping once I find a good piece of driftwood.) and the Moneywort is half planted/half floating. The Amazon sword was planted at the back. It's all grown quite a bit since the picture!
As of right now this is a guppy tank (two of the little buggers live in there right now) I'm hoping to add a few more guppies or switch them out with a [new] Betta.
(My betta, Pongo, lives with guppies and loves them, so he wouldn't mind a couple more in his house. ;P)
The only problem I'm having is with the Amazon sword. One of the plants' (the middle one's) leaves are starting to brown. Is it just the plant doing the usual "die off and come back" as it grows accustomed to the water or something else?