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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Learning Pains Moded Fluval Spec V

So, this is my experimental Fluval Spec V.

I've had it up for about 2 months now. It used to be a Fluval Spec V until I basically ripped everything out. .-. I don't even know why I purchased this consider how different it is now. In some ways I'm ashamed of myself, but at the same time I don't mind.

Right now, the inhabitants are a plakat betta, 4 neon tetra and a mystery snail.

I'm in the process of changing out my inflow and outflows for my canister, the inflow shattered during delivery so I'm waiting on the replacement. Rock are Ohko. The glass is smeared and smudgy since I haven't cleaned the glass. ' __'...

Right side is pretty much establish, left side is being newly planted. Not sur what to do with the left side to be honest.

Eheim 2213 Canister Filter
Tetra 10 UL Air Pump
20" Finnex Planted +
25W Oheim heater
Miraclegro capped with petco black sand

Established plants:
Bacon, dwarf lily, argentine swords, christmas moss
New plants:
Anubias nana, narrow leaf java ferns, crypts, and rosette sword

My goal is to get a CO2 system, get a larger tank and some more plants. That probably won't happen until September though.

Oddly, I find myself enjoying the plants in this tank more than the fish themselves. Don't get me wrong, I love my fish, but there's something relaxing about aquascaping and tending to the plants that's more satisfying for me than just watching my fish.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 05:28 PM
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Your marimo ball is receiving too much light it prefers low light and should be kept in shaded ares of medium/high light tanks. Also do not use excel with marimo in the tank-its a specialized form of slow growing hair algae (not a moss) and algaecides like excel, bleach, and peroxide will kill it.
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Looking good. Like the stone in there.

It really is too bad that the glass is frosted (and not a coating or something). It makes it look a bit odd. I modded mine the same way. Find you get better filtration with a hob or canister with low flow for a betta. No regrets. Will likely move to a Mini L at some point and put shrimp in this one though :P

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I saw on youtube if you put clear packing tape on frosted glass it looks clear again , you shoud try it .
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 08:23 PM
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Nice scape

The filtration on the spec is one of my favorite things about that tank, why did you not like it?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2015, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Not even worried about the frosted glass, I plan to upgrade to either an 11.4 or 17 gallon Mr. Aqua. c: And, based on where the tank is located on my desk, the frost doesn't bother me much.

I could never adjust the flow. If I lower it, it was still too strong. Attempted to baffle flow with sponge, no matter what kind of sponge I used, I ended up having a pretty disgusting layer of white (bacteria?) on it. I hated it. I know others will have other experiences, but mine were just not very good.


While I was at school and then work (out the house for about 12 hours). Came home to find half my tank dead. I was pretty shocked since last night everything was fine. Not sure what happened, and I was so pressed on doing a water change that I forgot to get some sample water.

I probably won't be adding any new fish to this tank for a good few months, I'm pretty sad that my betta died. I'll most likely just try and keep the remaining tetra alive and plant the tank some more. I'm traumatized ; _;...
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