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post #166 of 509 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 04:33 AM
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I don't think the fluval clamp on light is worth it. You can get more powerful and better bulbs in a desk lamp for a better price.

I don't agree. I'm growing dwarf sags, java ferns, and flame moss perfectly healthy with the stock light. No Co2, but I do dose Seachem Flourish, Iron, Trace accordingly. Been running for about 2 months with no signs of algae.
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post #167 of 509 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 06:40 PM
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If you are going to put the tank on a desk or something this lamp would not look bad at all and it's super cheap. You can use any bulb you can think of even PAR38.

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Another new spec was just revealed. I wonder if the new "high luminosity" LEDs will be any good for plants.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=25215
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I don't agree. I'm growing dwarf sags, java ferns, and flame moss perfectly healthy with the stock light. No Co2, but I do dose Seachem Flourish, Iron, Trace accordingly. Been running for about 2 months with no signs of algae.
I never said you can't grow those plants with the clamp on-I just meant that there are cheaper and better options. I have had much better results with my desk lamp. Just because you are having good results with one light doesn't automatically mean that one is better. They are both good, but there is a big difference between prices and output.
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Maybe ill snag a Spec III

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Any one got the fluval spec 5 yet?

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A few people here got the spec V. I just finished scaping mines and will be posting my build journal soon. Nice tank but the LED light leaves much to be desired. It's kinda flimsy; long so it sags a bit. Lighting seems to be just enough for low light plants. I've planted low light plants in here and we shall see how they grow. Just trying to make another low tech tank.

The way the filter/overflow system is positioned on the side, I believe it would be best to make this tank viewable from both sides to get the maximum impact from this tank. Tricky to do since its narrow, but well worth it IMO.

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I never said you can't grow those plants with the clamp on-I just meant that there are cheaper and better options. I have had much better results with my desk lamp. Just because you are having good results with one light doesn't automatically mean that one is better. They are both good, but there is a big difference between prices and output.

i meant, it was a stock light that came with the tank. as a college student, you'd rather not spend anymore than ya have to.
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post #174 of 509 (permalink) Old 09-08-2012, 03:57 PM
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does anyone have an issue with their shrimp getting stuck to filter intake at the top of the tank? if so, any suggestions how to stop it from happening?
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Raise the sponge up to the water level.
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Raise the sponge up to the water level.
you're an absolute genius. thank you.
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you're an absolute genius. thank you.
It's not easy. lol.
Good luck with that, I started out my RCS in a 2.5 spec.
If you keep the water level high all the time there is no danger in letting them go in there and graze on the top of the sponge, the baby shrimp used to love going in there and eating. They had no problem going in and out of the grates with the flow set to low on the pump.
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It's not easy. lol.
Good luck with that, I started out my RCS in a 2.5 spec.
If you keep the water level high all the time there is no danger in letting them go in there and graze on the top of the sponge, the baby shrimp used to love going in there and eating. They had no problem going in and out of the grates with the flow set to low on the pump.
hmmm, i managed to slide it up a little but my light fixture kind of got in the way. it may have slid back down but i haven't checked. if the shrimp are ok to go in there than i guess its no big deal. i just have to turn the filter down because i have no idea if i left it on high/low. i have 1 rcs who likes to "recreationally" get himself suctioned to the intake

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hmmm, i managed to slide it up a little but my light fixture kind of got in the way. it may have slid back down but i haven't checked. if the shrimp are ok to go in there than i guess its no big deal. i just have to turn the filter down because i have no idea if i left it on high/low. i have 1 rcs who likes to "recreationally" get himself suctioned to the intake

thanks again!

I cut a piece of black dense foam off a sponge filter that covered the inside of the intake slits.

It makes the filter area snug but I took out the ammonia circles and the carbon am going to switch them for Purigen for the shrimpies!
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post #180 of 509 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 04:07 AM
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Another new spec was just revealed. I wonder if the new "high luminosity" LEDs will be any good for plants.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=25215
Great to see your posts .

Wonder if we can find another deal and get new dual specs at 35$ Again haha. Ill keep you posted on my endeavors >8).

I'm redoing my spec in preparation for some incoming shrimp and a new look. pictures to come soon.


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