I have just left the Saltwater hobby by selling off my 120 reef. I want to do a small planted tank not sure if I want High tech or low.
But does anyone have one of the Fluval Shrimp Tanks or Planted tanks?
Just trying to decide between one of the Fluval set ups and a Spec V.
I don't like the ebi for a lot of reasons.. mainly I think it's too tall, which makes it hard to scape in such a small footprint, I didn't like the substrate, and the filter is not that great. The spec out of the box is nicer IMO.
Does dosing excel and other plant supplements do the same as a pressurized Co2 injector?
I actually work at the LPS but in with the saltwater section. We have a 90g planted tang and they only dose chemicals and tell people that unless you have a front the back, side to side stocked tank then Co2 is not the way to go.
Those pictures were the first day it was planted (the shrimp photos are a bit later). It has grown in VERY nicely since then. I have a dwarf sag that has shot off 6-7 babies on shoots, and the stems brush the top of the water now (a couple of them are laying across the top of the tank, I seriously need a trim!)
The light is so-so. Won't grow high light plants generally, but my stems that have grown to the top are extremely colorful that close to the light. I have very good growth, but all of my plants are low/medium light and I have probably a 15 - 18 hour light cycle because I haven't bothered with a timer.
There is at least one small mod that needs to be made to the Spec V to cover a "safety intake" near the bottom of the tank, or it's a shrimp-killer. But it's a simple mod, and there are 9,000 ways to accomplish it.