As some of you may know, my sister's goldfish went into the shiny new pond on Sunday, leaving his 90 litre/23 gallon tank free for me to put my fish in. I've been considered trying my hand at an NPT for a while now, and I saw this as my chance. Attached are a couple of photos:
1) The tank as was, plain and boring with a goldfish that was too big.
2) The tank with dirt and the hardscape.
3) The tank with sand.
4) The tank in all its glory, fish included.
- 2 x ambulia (1 giant, 1 normal)
- 2 x wisteria
- 2 x lacefern
- 2 x ludwigia repens
- 1 x elodea
- 1 x pennywort
- 1 x susswassertang
- java fern by the bucketload
- java moss
- 1 x milfoil
- 1 x valisneria
- 2 x varigated rush
Possibly some other stuff. Heaps of driftwood, most of which I transplanted java fern or moss or both onto, plus two terracotta pots.
Substrate is Miracle-Gro with a silver sand cap.
I do need to do something about the size of that huge java fern in the front right - it is covering the plants at the back.
I have a 5 gallon tub of java fern left over. The stuff is ridiculously successful in my tanks.
- 4 x female bettas (Catelyn, Cersei, Arya and Danaerys)
- 3 x peppered cories (Lord Denning, Lord Fraser of Tully-Belton, Crispin A-J)
- 1 x bronze cory (Heydon J)
- 12 x Endlers (6 male, 6 female - I think)
- 6 x kuhli loaches
I will be adding one more peppered cory and 3 more bronze/albino. I'm considering a BN pleco, that will live in the pond by summer and my tank by winter.
The question now is, what to do with the tank upstairs? I still have heaps of silver sand left, and I know that I want my eventual stock to include 6 ember tetras and 6 pygmy cories, minimum. I would prefer to use black sand, but it's too sharp for little cories. I have two embers in there at the moment. However, my dilemma is decor, not stocking.
- another NPT
- a pretty zen tank
- a blackwater set up
The problem is, the tank is super tall (18 inches) with a small footprint (14 inches squared), so it is hard to decorate. Input welcome. :) I'd love to see votes in the poll.