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Spec V set up?

I'll be setting up my new Spec V in the next few weeks and I have some questions.


1. Can I do a fishless cycle after the tank has been planted?


2. What test kit would you all recommend for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, PH, and hardness?


3. I'll be going low tech with some low to moderate light plants and would like a recommendation for a ground cover/carpet type of plant. I'll be using Tropica Aquarium Soil as a substrate.


4. What product or procedure would you all recommend for my fishless cycling?


Thanks,
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Pearlweed needs a good light to carpet but doesn't need Co2, the default spec V light wont grow it and its pretty much the only carpeting plant that with your conditions you could try.
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Highly recommend DrTim's Ammonium Chloride and Tetra Safe Start Plus.

Watch out for that nitrite spike in week 2.

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Pearlweed needs a good light to carpet but doesn't need Co2, the default spec V light wont grow it and its pretty much the only carpeting plant that with your conditions you could try.

I'm getting the new version of the Spec V with the upgraded 7000K brighter light. Can I grow pearlweed with that?


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I'm getting the new version of the Spec V with the upgraded 7000K brighter light. Can I grow pearlweed with that?


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still wouldn't recommend that, that's the light I had but traded for the Fluval Sky (which I recommend for this size aquarium)
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I would also recommend Ace janitorial strength ammonia.It's 10% ammonium hydroxide.I used that for my spec V.About .25 ml = 1 ppm ammonia.

Also,the API master test kit as well.

here are simplified instructions you can print out on a card,so you don't have to keep thumbing through the book let in 5 languages:

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Oh yeah, before you get to where you have water in it, cover the bottom filter inlet! So all water has to go into the filter from the top.

I've heard electrical tape works and black matches the plastic.

I didn't know that and ended up trying some epoxy putty cuz I can't lower the water level low enough to fish-in seal that hole.

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I used a small dab of aquarium sealer on that hole in mine,and I made a few holes in the pump return tube to circulate water in that compartment so I could put a small heater in there and hide it.A hydor theo fits

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I used a small dab of aquarium sealer on that hole in mine,and I made a few holes in the pump return tube to circulate water in that compartment so I could put a small heater in there and hide it.A hydor theo fits
AquaClear/Hagen still makes their old test-tube diameter sized 'Compact' heaters in the 25 watt. I bought a bunch of the bigger ones back in 1980's, the three I still own still work flawlessly.

https://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-A70...quarium+heater

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Check out the mods.

Some need to be done before filling, some can be done after.

All Fluval Spec Mods

Mods of note:
Reverse Flow Undergravel - for flow reduction and high filtering capacity
Filter basket/sponge replacement - higher filtering capacity
Various lighting, some mods to the original light (pre version 2)
Wood hood

Common/easy mods:
Stainless steel filter intake cover
Filter output muzzle with Fluval edge pre filter sponge
Covering the lower filter inlet - many ways

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When I was considering getting a Spec V, I found this site helpful: Basics of Planted Aquariums - Spec-Tanks

Although I never got one (yet), I find a lot, if not most, of the information to be quite relevant and educational...

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Oh yeah, before you get to where you have water in it, cover the bottom filter inlet! So all water has to go into the filter from the top.

I've heard electrical tape works and black matches the plastic.

I didn't know that and ended up trying some epoxy putty cuz I can't lower the water level low enough to fish-in seal that hole.
Why do that ? What problems can arise from just leaving it the way it is ?
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Why do that ? What problems can arise from just leaving it the way it is ?
Pretty sure that hole is meant to be a fail safe in case you leave the pump running during a water change and the water drops below the overflow so the pump doesn't burn out when it runs dry (needs water to stay cool). By having the hole down at the bottom it bypasses the whole point of the filter media tho. So covering the hole will give you better flow through the filter media and better surface skimming. You'll see ppl having problems with oil or film on the water surface because the flow is so low with that bottom hole open that stuff floats in the overflow and then right back out easily.

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I'll be setting up my new Spec V in the next few weeks and I have some questions.


1. Can I do a fishless cycle after the tank has been planted? Cycling a tank is always recommended.


2. What test kit would you all recommend for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, PH, and hardness? If you wait a few months then everything should be fine, and may not be needed. You really only need to worry about hardness if you have co2 added, and if you have shrimp that require calcium. A lot of LFS will test water for you. You could do this prior to purchasing fish.


3. I'll be going low tech with some low to moderate light plants and would like a recommendation for a ground cover/carpet type of plant. I'll be using Tropica Aquarium Soil as a substrate.


4. What product or procedure would you all recommend for my fishless cycling?


Thanks,
Kim
Hi Kim,

I've been running a spec V for over a year now. Here is a thread with lots of info.let me see some FLUVAL SPEC V'S

Definitely upgrade the lighting, and even add some co2 if you really want things to grow. I've lost a lot of plants trying to use the stock light.

If you really want to get into planted tanks though, I don't recommend this model at all as its proportions are off: you can NOT design the tank based on the rule of thirds. My LFS recommended using a 'triangle' shape design, as nothing else quite looks good, Alex's tanks are really well done, and based on the triangle:
Twin Fluval Spec V Low-tech Nano Tanks

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