I'm new here, and new to NPT though years ago I decided to keep tanks very naturally and it worked ok for years. Now I want to get back into the hobby and have found abot NPTs
Back then I had different size tanks, with soil and heaters (no filters or pumps at all). I have bought Diana Walstad book (still in the post) in the hope that I can improve and get better results now, mostly better growth and therefore a nicer aquascape.
I have also run into Tom Barr's idea of a dry start, and thought it was great. I'd love to grow a nice lawn! But I worry about the transition into submerged life afterwards in an NPT. Will it work well? Is there a better way to do it? Increase water depth gradually, perhaps?
My idea so far:
- about 260L tank (About 69 USG), open-top
- by a window facing east-southeast (sun for a few hours every morning); might get a lamp if needed
- Some aquarium wood and plants:
- Vallisneria "Curly" (on one side glass only so it doesn't shade the tank much)
- Ceratopteris thalictroides and Rotala rotundifolia indica as back plants (left and right, with an open central bit)
- Eleocharis parvula at the back of the central bit
- Lawn (hopefully) of Hemianthus callitrichoides "Cuba", with bits of Hydrocotyle verticillata and Utricularia graminifolia here and there
- Crytopcoryne wendtii for accent here and there (will be slightly shaded by the C. thalictroides)
- 1-2 Ceratopteris pteridioides to adjust for nutrient levels and get those lovely floating plant roots.
I suppose I should run a pump/filter or two... and then the gravel is a must, right? As I said before I just got soil from a clean, clayish site and that worked reasonably well. It wasn't very deep. Wish I already had the book!
I'm thinking of Pearl gouramis, couple of ramirezi cichlid, red crystal shrimp and a school of small rasboras as eventual inhabitants. Not sure what algae eater will fit in best.
Anything you think is not a good idea? right now I have only the empty tank and a list to order plants
Thanks for any ideas and for reading this far!