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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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newbie here, advice needed about plants

So I'm planning on doing a NPT in a 10g that I just acquired and cycling it with a zebra nerite snail and some amano shrimp (undecided about trumpet snails) before putting in my female betta. I just won an auction for plants and I was wondering of the ones I'll be getting which should I use and is there enough variety for the silent cycle? Here's the list from the auction:
"the below list is what will be included at a minimum, most likely I will include a few extras here and there
All the plants will be individually bagged and labeled
10 plants of Water Sprite
20 stems of Mayaca fluviatilis - Mayaca
30 stems of Rotala sp. singapore
10 stems of Hygrophilia sp. 'Bold'
5 stems of Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem'
10 stems of Eriocaulaceae sp. 'type 2'
5 stems of Staurogyne sp. ‘Porto Velho’
10 stems of Ludwigia palustris
10 stems of Rotala macrandra 'Green'
5 stems of Rotala macrandra 'Mini Type 2'
5 stems of Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
15 stems of Rotala hippuris
10 stems/bunches of Najas guadalupensis (guppy grass)
4 golfballs of Taxiphyllum alternans - Taiwan Moss
1 runner(9 to 10 nodes) of Hydrocotyle verticillata
5 plants of corkscrew vals
5 stems of hydrophilia difformis
1 golfball of subwassertang

Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 08:17 PM
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Holy crap! You need a 50 g tank for all that. But lucky you. Will you have room for fish??
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Lol I definitely won't be able to fit all the plants, that's why I was looking for some help determining the best ones of the lot to use. The rest will go towards my 3g, my friend's 10g, and maybe some large fishless containers to grow.
On a side note, I've had a hard time finding soil to use, the closest no fert potting soil I could find was organic miracle gro but it has poultry litter in it for slow releasing nitrogen, is that safe for a tank?
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The Organic Miracle Grow Potting MIX (not soil) is what most in here suggest for an NPT and is what I have in my 5g NPT. So if you get the potting mix you should be good to go. Then you can cap it with sand (playground, pool, or aquarium sand all work). I just did my first NPT so hope that information comes in handy.
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Any potting soil with no additives, ferts, will do but you should take out all the bigger hunks of stuff. I topped with sand. However, after trying to siphon the first time, I added some gravel on top of the sand. What a mess I stirred up. Of course, it didn't help that I had the wrong size siphon. Got a mini, now. In a NPT, unless you have lots of junk, I wouldn't even bother. The plants use the poo and your cories or snails will clean up the excess food, (although my betta leaves no food to drop).
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Awesome, thanks! So I'll pick up the potting mix soon then.

Any suggestions for which plants to use from the list? I'm having a hard time figuring out which would be most beneficial and then how many of each I should use...

Thank you guys so much for helping, completely new to NPTs and only recently started fish keeping again, I'm almost totally lost lol
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Oldfishlady has a thread on NPTs and a list of which plants would be the best. However, there is a site that I use that gives info on lots of aquaria http://aqualandpetsplus.com/index.htm He is quite humorous and gives info and good pictures plus light demands, ease to grow, and threats. (some plants are just so good to some fish and snails). Use her list and his index. Plants are on the left side down a-ways.
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