I have two 10 gallon tanks, one with live plants, and the other without. I already bought a bag of organic potting soil and aquarium sand for the cap, and I have a few plants already and driftwood.
I also just bought frogbit and some MTS off of Aquabid (first purchase there too). I plan on getting some shrimp at some point, but I don't know when. All that will be living in the tank is one betta, the shrimp, and the snails. What else do I need? I've been trying to go by OFL's how to guide.
One thing I can't decide on is which tank to set up as my NPT. I have two. One will be remaining at home with me, and the other will be coming to college with me. The one that will be staying home will stay up and running all the time, until I relocate it to my room in the basement, once it's built. My step dad is currently in the process of renovating our unfinished basement. The other tank that will be coming to college with me will have to be taken down and moved almost every two months. I'd like to be able to have the NPT with me, but if that isn't possible, I can simply set it up at home. Once my frogbit and snails get here, I'll set it up.
I currently have 2 bunches of java fern, 2 bunches of anubias, mondo grass, quite a few stems of pennywort, and three moss balls. The anubias are quite happy in my tank, so they're growing quite a bit. I plan on buying a couple more plants from my LFS soon, whenever I can get out to the store.
I had a question, though. Is the cap necessary? How do you stop the soil and the cap from mixing when attempting to bury plants? If the cap isn't necessary, I would rather just return the sand and not use it at all.