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Old 12-08-2010, 08:52 PM   #1 
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My First NPT

Using an article by Diana Walstad I gave the old college try at setting up a natural planted tank.

I think it looks horrible. I'm hoping to get some insight on how to make it look better.

Right now I have some dwarf hair grass (I think), two crypts (unknown species), a moss ball, and one unknown plant.

The tank is 2 gallons and is currently housing my mystery Betta, Spike, until I decide what I'm going to do with him (since he decided he could not live with my guppies). There's also a nerite snail in there but he'll be moving soon since there's not any algae in this tank.






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Old 12-08-2010, 08:55 PM   #2 
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It looks pretty good. Though, you should try to get more tall plants.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:05 PM   #3 
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Throw some apongeton bulbs (the cheap walmart kind will work) that will fill up some vertical space :P Dont worry, it will look better as the plants grow in.
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:08 PM   #4 
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I have some Brazillian Pennywort that I got with my plants but it's not looking too good. I'm going to put it in my other tank and let it grow a bit and add some of that. I might get some dwarf val or something like that.

I guess to re-scape I'll have to completely drain the tank because if not the dirt will completely muddy the water. What a pita.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:18 PM   #5 
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More plants! Lots and lots of plants. I've been getting a lot of advice from OFL about my plants in my NPT. She (and users on el natural) preach stem plants and fast growers. You need these to suck out the ammonia and nitri/ates. I don't think you need to drain it just yet. Take the pennywort and stick it in there. The nutrients from the soil may do great things for it.

About 80% of the floor space should be covered with plants. As some of the others start to mature and get bigger you can take the fast growers out to make room for the other plants you are more interested in. If you can get your hands on some floaters those are great for NPT's as well.

I thought I had enough plants at first, and then made a lot of additions after the first few weeks. It made a huge difference in water quality and clarity.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:27 PM   #6 
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did you just dig soil out of your yard and cap it with sand? im looking into planting a tank and i have had alot of interest in npt's but i dont know much about them
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:34 PM   #7 
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I used miracle gro organic potting soil which is what Walstad recommended in the article.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:41 PM   #8 
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do you have a link to that article? i would find that very useful
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:44 PM   #9 
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The magazine was a paper one but I'll see if I can find it online
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:50 PM   #10 
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awesome, thanks
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