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Matt's Fluval Spec V - First Freshwater Tank

Hello all!

I've been a member for a number of years but have only posted a handful of times. Ever since I joined, I've had plans to do some sort of small/nano planted tank since I got out of reefing. Keeping up with a reef tank, while challenging and a lot of fun, ended up getting too costly and time consuming. So I got out of the hobby for the foreseeable future. In the meantime I would like to try a small, simple planted tank and see if I can have any success with it. I just ordered a Fluval Spec V from Petco ($67 shipped!). I really like the dimensions of the tank and am looking forward to getting it. I'll post some pics when I do. Until then, here's a video on YouTube of my reef tank when it looked its best:

http://youtu.be/P0vYmCABryk

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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 06:25 PM
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i have bad reading comprehension I looked at your video and thought "WFT that isn't a spec"

i just recently picked up a spec 2, and i am seriously considering picking up a spec 5 as well. i am really digging nano tanks!
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Your reef is absolutely beautiful! Subscribed to your youtube, hoping to see videos of the Spec V when you get it! I have videos of mine I try to do a Vlog weekly.

The Spec V is a great tank but might require a light upgrade depending on what you are looking to do with it.
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Your reef is absolutely beautiful! Subscribed to your youtube, hoping to see videos of the Spec V when you get it! I have videos of mine I try to do a Vlog weekly.

The Spec V is a great tank but might require a light upgrade depending on what you are looking to do with it.
Thanks! The reef tank was taken down about 2 years ago. It was a hard thing to do but I'm glad I don't have the stress of taking care of it right now (even though it was mostly automated with a ReefKeeper, ATO and other electronics). After that I had a JBJ 3g Pico reef for a little while but eventually lost interest in that and took it down as well. So now I'm in a position where I wish I hadn't sold off all my equipment. But I guess it's not that big of a deal. I'm planning on making this planted tank very simple. I don't have the interest or the money right now to get complicated with high lighting and CO2, etc. I actually just got back from PetSmart, having a look around to see what I might need in the future to get this thing up and running. But I will probably end up ordering most of what I need from Drs. Foster & Smith.
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check out this light:

Micro Zen Garden

from Mabj's thread - i think it is called a solar flare? i think that 2 of those would be slick on a spec v
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check out this light:

Micro Zen Garden

from Mabj's thread - i think it is called a solar flare? i think that 2 of those would be slick on a spec v
That is nice.

I'm gonna give the stock light a try first, though.
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I'm working on a list of items I'm going to need. Here's what I have so far:

Substrate - CaribSea Eco Complete or CaribSea Floramax

Heater - Hydor Theo (50W)

Water Treatment - Seachem Prime

Cleaning - Mag Float (small)

Driftwood - Unsure of where to get a couple of pieces... ??

Miscellaneous - Two 5g buckets, a short hose for siphoning

I know I'm missing/forgetting stuff! Help me out?
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I'm working on a list of items I'm going to need. Here's what I have so far:

Substrate - CaribSea Eco Complete or CaribSea Floramax

Heater - Hydor Theo (50W)

Water Treatment - Seachem Prime

Cleaning - Mag Float (small)

Driftwood - Unsure of where to get a couple of pieces... ??

Miscellaneous - Two 5g buckets, a short hose for siphoning

I know I'm missing/forgetting stuff! Help me out?
Sounds like you got everything you need! I agree with the post above a test kit should be added to the list. I wish i had gone with a 50W instead of a 25W heater mine has a hard time holding temperature stable. Can't wait to see progress pictures!
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My Spec V has shipped! Should be here Tuesday according to UPS tracking.
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Grats on your new tank!!! Are you super excited yet?

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Where are you putting your heater? I have the 50 Watt Hydor Theo in the small compartment where the powerhead is and it is at 83 F while the tank is at 75 F. Afraid I might need to put it in the tank.
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For such a small tank it might be worth the money, IMO, to just spring for a small bag of one of the enriched substrates.

ADA Aquasoil or Up Aqua Aqua Soil or Shrimp Soil.

If you are already going to spend $25 on Eco-Complete I would recommend just spending a bit more and getting a nutrient rich substrate.

Take it from someone who bought Eco-Complete when starting out and then quickly realized that I should have either saved my money or spent a bit more and gotten the 'good stuff.'
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Grats on your new tank!!! Are you super excited yet?
Very excited!
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Where are you putting your heater? I have the 50 Watt Hydor Theo in the small compartment where the powerhead is and it is at 83 F while the tank is at 75 F. Afraid I might need to put it in the tank.
Planning on putting it where the pump is. But as I have never physically examined one of these tanks, that is still up in the air. Once I get the tank in my hands I'll have a better idea for sure about where the heater will end up going.
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For such a small tank it might be worth the money, IMO, to just spring for a small bag of one of the enriched substrates.

ADA Aquasoil or Up Aqua Aqua Soil or Shrimp Soil.

If you are already going to spend $25 on Eco-Complete I would recommend just spending a bit more and getting a nutrient rich substrate.

Take it from someone who bought Eco-Complete when starting out and then quickly realized that I should have either saved my money or spent a bit more and gotten the 'good stuff.'
Where do you find these enriched substrates? Thanks.
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Very excited!

Planning on putting it where the pump is. But as I have never physically examined one of these tanks, that is still up in the air. Once I get the tank in my hands I'll have a better idea for sure about where the heater will end up going.

Where do you find these enriched substrates? Thanks.
Online I'd assume


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