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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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I was in the right place at the right time this weekend and was able to buy a 13W Fluval Mini Compact Florescence for my Spec V. I attached it on the side so it is over the plants that need more light. The thing is so bright however I was wondering if I should just remove the stock light or leave it the way it is.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Starting today I am going to post a new pic every 5 days to document the growth/(decay lol) of my tank. I added the new light as you can see in the pick and I'm getting the feeling that the plants are going to really start flourishing. I'm doing a water change every other day and dosing with a bit of Excel.

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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 05:03 AM
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Nice start, I just set up my spec V and the lights is almost non-existent. I am waiting on some eBay LED strips to either complement or replace the stock light.

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Well I was going to post a pic every 5 days to show the progress but about two days later my Green Neons started showing ick. I proceeded to raise the temp to 86 for about 2 weeks. All the ick was gone for about 5-6 days so I removed the extra heater used to raise the temp as well as removed the plants that more or less completely deteriorated. The following 5 days everything was looking amazing again. fish were fine, the plants were flourishing but now I have a huge outbreak of snails, all of the neons have ick as well as the 2 oto cats. Between having ick again and the ridiculousness number of snails I'm about to cut my losses and start the whole tank. any suggestions? May try clout? With this small of a tank i am a bit afraid of using chemicals but I don't know what else to do.

I really don't want to mess with the plants though. They are all doing really good. Especially the bronze cryps that I added and the riccia fluitans on the driftwood.

Maybe I should just pull the fish, treat them and then....just live with the snails? I HATE HATE HATE SNAILS!!!!! The only way one would have gotten in to start with must have been one getting caught in the net....a very small one. Have I mentioned I hate snails?
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 06:25 AM
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Two assassin snails will deal with the pests and they won't multiply. There's loads on eBay for cheap

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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-09-2014, 03:01 AM
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Any update? love the look of your tank
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