No, I trust you especially after the explanation and after you've told me that you've never had a problem with the soil harming the fish. So I'll stick with the plan of making my current tank a NPT. I just have a few more questions about it.
Will I have to recycle my tank before I can put him back in or will it be alright since my filter and gravel will hold the good bacteria/the plants will be trying to do their job of decreasing the ammonia levels etc. or both?
What do you mean by "cap fill it up"? I took it as put the soil in the tank then fill with water, then dump and repeat until the water runs clear...I have a feeling that I'm wrong on that one though...
As far as the plants go it makes sense...plant and let the plants that thrive continue to do so and if they die just don't worry about it, right?
I looked at some plants this morning on AB since i have virtually no clue were to start as far as what types would work for my needs, what i like the look of etc... So I figured I would look at what's available and go from there. So out of what was currently up for sale I picked a couple that i thought i liked and would suit my needs(meaning the size of my tank, since so many can get REALLY tall) So here we go, I'll try to keep this organized and post a link to the plant I'm talking about if it seems like a plant that might not be as common, please don't take offense..I'm not trying to insult your plant knowledge, just trying to make it easier for you to see what I'm talking about. Also, in the foreground category I'm kind of looking for a suggestion of which would be best.
-java or christmas moss
-Micro sword?? I'm not sure if this would be a fore or mid ground in my tank, it says it can grow up to 4in high...which seems like in a 5gal it would lean more towards a mid than a fore
( I think its the chain sword you were talking about for the foreground...I'm all confused
The only thing about this one is I'm not sure if you can trim it like some "grass like" ones if you can't i was thinking this one: Vallisneria spiralis http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...tsr&1316721009
Not sure about this one because of the light requirements, I liked it because of the hint of red it gets.
-Dwarf lily plant (Nymphaea stellata)
I REALLY like this one and hope that I can get it, my only concern is its too big for my tank :/ If neither one of these red plants is good for my tank could you suggest one that might be? I really like the idea of a red accent plant.
-Anacharis, that I have
Plus a couple marimo balls.
Sorry for how long this message is, I don't plan on stuffing ALL of these plants in my tank its just a list of plants I like and for you to say yes to, or maybe "heck no" to.
Also this is how I have my tank set up now,