I have the sticky on NPTs printed up and will be referring to it religiously. I never got to meet Oldfishlady, but she really seems to know what she was talking about and made a guide easy for us newbies to follow.
Anyway, I've ended up with twice as many females as I had a week ago all the sudden (I was expecting 2 and ended up getting 6), so it's time to set up my 29 gallon sorority. I'll have a total of 14 ladies going in it to start. I want to make this a NPT (my goal is for ALL my tanks to be NPT) and was wondering what wonderful advice and suggestions you all might have for me.
I currently have a 10 gallon tank set up as my sorority, heavily planted, and these plants will move over to the 29 gallon and help me start that one as well. I need to get more plants, soil, substrate, more hidey holes, extra. Anything else? I have snails & a couple cory cats I can add as well.
Shrimp - how many should I use? No pet store around here carries them. I talked to my LPS and they can only order 200 at a time. They have no other use for them, so unless I want the full 200 they won't order them for me. I have 5 - 10 gallons (plan on buying a 6th) that will also become NPTs as time and finances allow, so if I knew how to keep them could always house any extra shrimp until they were needed, but 200 still seems like an awful lot to me. Would I do better ordering just the amount I need from online? How many is suggested for a 29 gallon NPT?
I need more cory cats I believe, or with the shrimp do I need them at all in the NPT? Right now they are in my fry tank.
Lighting - this I need all kind of help on. I've been real lucky with my selection of plants and not killing them off. All I've had for lighting is a regular tank hood, a desk lamp, or sunlight. For a 29 gallon NPT what should I be looking for?
All my new ladies will be in QT for at least 2 weeks, and they can be kept there longer, so I have the time I need to do this right and I want to make sure I do.