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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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HANdS 2G Fluval Spec

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Specifications
2G Fluval Spec
Dimensions: 7-3/8" X 9-3/8" X 10"
Substrate: Fluval Ebi Shrimp Stratum
Lighting: Stock LED light (~14 PAR at substrate)
CO2: None
Fertilizers: None
Flora: limnobium laevigatum (Frogbit), Taxiphyllum spp. (Java Moss and Flame Moss)
Fauna: 20+ RCS

The Acquisition Story
I bought this as a gift after receiving a nice bonus from work.
I really like the look of it, and I'm planning to keep it on my desk.

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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 05:00 AM
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Well congrats. I love my spec.

While I'm setting up another nano, my prized shrimps always go in my spec.

They're only really appropriate for inverts or the smallest of fish.

One dwarf puffer

Some least kilifish

Mosquito rasboras

Or shrimp colonies lol.


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Thanks! I've been starting at everyone's beautiful shrimp threads on the forums for the past hour...
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Hehe what are you interested in


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My spec came today! Only problem is that the substrate shipped separately and won't arrive until Monday, boo!!!

Here it is with a piece of driftwood and some floating java moss


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Yay congrats.


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Substrate arrived yesterday while I was out of town, so I put that in, then I fished out my pregnant ghost shrimp from the 29G and put her in there. She seems content, but I need to get some plants.

I found her in the filter compartment a few hours later, so I'm thinking I need to stop that up somehow... gonna put some polyfill behind it for now.
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Substrate arrived yesterday while I was out of town, so I put that in, then I fished out my pregnant ghost shrimp from the 29G and put her in there. She seems content, but I need to get some plants.

I found her in the filter compartment a few hours later, so I'm thinking I need to stop that up somehow... gonna put some polyfill behind it for now.
Wait lol where did you find her? Mine LOVE the filter compartment up top, but I would put some net behind the low hole.

They get good food up top.


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She was in the compartment at the top -- maybe climbed through the little vent holes? I'll take your advice on putting something behind the lower hole too.
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She was in the compartment at the top -- maybe climbed through the little vent holes? I'll take your advice on putting something behind the lower hole too.
Definitely do not plug up the top one. It's how the water is filtered, and the shrimp + babies love it up there. They don't get stuck.


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Definitely do not plug up the top one. It's how the water is filtered, and the shrimp + babies love it up there. They don't get stuck.
Thanks! The top is pretty crowded right now as I have an old filter pad from my Betta's tank in there to help with making sure the water parameters stay stable. I'll make sure now to plug that up =)

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Here's the tank with substrate in, still haven't decided which plants I'm going to move into it yet, so she gets to make do with the java moss.



Solitary inhabitant:
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My shrimp was at the bottom of the foam-block compartment today, so per some advice from MABJ and others, I also took some time to cover the lower filter entrance with filter floss. I lowered the flow rate in the tank to a very very slow pace by removing the tube from the pump, and I stuck another piece of foam batting inside the pump compartment for good measure.

I took a large section of the Java Moss from my 29G tank and put it in the spec too.

I'm wondering if I should put some aquarium salt in there? I was reading that maybe 1/2tsp would be good for momma and babies?
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Solid work with the floss. How did you rescue?
I'm unfortunately pretty sure I lost a lot of babies that way /:

Anyways, what shrimp? Ghost shrimp? What other inhabitants? It depends on those two things.


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Solid work with the floss. How did you rescue?
I'm unfortunately pretty sure I lost a lot of babies that way /:

Anyways, what shrimp? Ghost shrimp? What other inhabitants? It depends on those two things.
Just one ghost shrimp that came already pregnant from Petsmart. If it doesn't work out, I'll probably switch to Amano shrimp or RCS maybe.

I rescued her by cutting a long thin piece of filter padding material and sliding it down and coaxing her onto it, then pulling it up to the very top and gently moving it over to the big side.

There's a small pond snail I saw in there, but nothing else.

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