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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2014, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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First Tank ever, Fluval SPEC V

Hello all,

This is my first fish tank ever. I have a few friends who became interested in GLO fish tanks and i decided to help them do some research. Along the way I discovered planted tanks and just decided to dive in. Any feed back will be appreciated, I am very new to this.

Tank: Fluval SPEC V (5g)
Lighting: Finnex Fugeray
CO2: Fluval disposable Co2
Filtration: Stock filter
Substrate: EcoComplete
Heating: Fluval heater
Dosing: Flourish root tabs in substrate, occaisional Excel spot treatment and Iron supplements.
Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides, Eleocharis acicularis
Hardscape: ADA Manten Stones
Fauna: none yet hoping to add shrimp in a week or so

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2014, 11:06 PM
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Not bad at all! Those foreground plants will grow-in in no time, given how densely you planted them.
Word of advice here though: the disposable co2 kits can get expensive. I would suggest that you invest in a paintball set-up. It's WAYYY cheaper than spending 20 bucks on cartridges every 4-6 weeks. If you wan't to wait, maybe even try DIY co2. It can be messy, but once your recipe is dialed in, it works like a charm if you have 15 mins. every 7-10 days to refill your reactors.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-06-2014, 05:36 AM
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You can fit the heater in the pump slot too if you want to clean up the look of the tank. I also used a Dremel on my hood to make it fit around my finnex.

I also recommend a paintball setup as long term solution.

Looks great so far
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Baby tears growing like crazy but so it the algae. Thinking about getting some otto cats to help.Click image for larger version

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Also thanks for the tips. Im looking into switching paintball CO2.
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