Hi OFL :)
I -finally- found a light that will work for my tank, the daylight 6500k 10 watt one that you suggested! But all my plants died, so now I don't know what new ones I should get. I want some that will thrive with;
1 inch of just regular gravel
Any suggestions? I was thinking Anubias, but i'm afraid the light might fry them.
Hmm, I haven't heard about any local aquarium clubs. Is there some forum online that I can find out about that? I really don't know any fish-keepers within the area (I know there are some, I just don't know anyone). I'll look into sweetaquatics and see how the prices are in comparison. I think I have bought a few things from them in the past.
That depends on what species on the 36 plants in that package....kinda seems high to me for 36 plants...I think I paid less than $40 and I got well over 100 pants-but mostly stems with some vals and sags mixed in from sweetaquatics-but that has been a fairly long time ago.....have you check to see if you have any local aquarium clubs-even if the club isn't in your town-usually a member will be close by-not only do you save on shipping the plants are acclimated to your area a bit better-and you usually don't have to be a member of the club to buy stuff either.....
I'm looking at getting plants for my 55 gal tank that will be a NPT. Aquariumplants.com has assortment packages and the 36 plant package that I was looking at is $80. Does that price seem accurate? It seems fairly steep to me, but I have not purchased plants for this big of a tank before, I don't want to purchase too few to get the tank started with.
The tank is currently home to a goldfish, so the filter media is cycled. I'd convert it to an NPT the second he moved out. Can I put that filter media in my pond filter, or should I leave it in the tank?
How soon afterwards can I move in my fish? The current plan is for it to house my 6 female bettas, 12 Endlers Livebearers and 3 of my cories (a bronze, a peppered and an albino). I'd be boosting the cory schools to 4 bronze/albinos and 4 peppered, with a view to adding kuhli loaches later on. Is this too much?
I'm sorry for bombarding you with questions, but I am so jealous of your tanks and I want something that pretty.
I'm sorry to bother you like this, but I want to set up an NPT and you are the NPT ninja, so I wanted to ask your advice. I know the general theory, but I want to ask about specifics.
I have an AquaOne 620. I don't know what the kelvin etc of the lights are, but I can replace them. I know the first step is to put an inch to an inch and a half of chemical free soil on the bottom of the tank, then cap it with half an inch of sand. Do you put the plants in before the sand, or after?
Is it 75% of the substrate that has to be covered with plants, and 10% of the surface?
The plants I currently have growing in my 60 litre are elodea, hornwort, masses of java fern, some crypts, java moss and what I think is ludwigia. Are any of these goods candidates for an NPT? What other plants would you recommend? The only limitation is I have to be able to get them either locally or through livefish.com.au.