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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec V

This is my first nano tank.

-Three pieces of Malaysian driftwood
-Pigmy Chain Sword, Echinodorus tenellus
-Echinodorus Parvflorus, Small Sword
-Cryptocoryne undulata
-Riccia Fluitans, attached to driftwood
-Cryptocoryne parva
-Water Wisteria

-Stock Lighting (I have a couple of TrueLumen Lunar LEDs I was thinking about adding)

-Small 10W heater inside filter box. Keeps temp about 75F

-Eco Complete Substrate

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-6 Green Neon Tetras and 2 Octo Cats


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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 09:33 PM
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looks good; you'll definitely need to upgrade the lighting with the plants you have in there now to ensure continued growth
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You have nice start going here.

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Thanks. It looks like I will have a pair of Aphyosemion gardneri "Misaje" after this weekend too.
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Your welcome, that's nice to hear about the pair.

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The crypts should be okay with the current light, as should the moss. The wisteria will be okay for a while, then melt. I think your sword is the same kind as mine. Relocate it to where it's directly under the LEDs and it should be okay. Again, will be slow growing, but will grow.
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Re: Fluval Spec V

I really like your scape!

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Re: Fluval Spec V

I lost one of the small cyrpt parva today. It more or less completely melted. The rest of the plants are doing good though. I think I was too rough with the parva while putting it in. I need a better set of tongs. with the ones I have they uproot the plant every time as I'm pulling them out if the substrate. Suggestions would be awesome if anyone has one. Maybe for another plant too. I was thinking some nya grass or something else that floats. I'll upgrade the light soon as well.

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Re: Fluval Spec V

Question.... If I was to put my tank on the table that gets morning sun light , would that be enough to where I don't need a new light fixture for the tank? I purposely didn't put it the for fear of too much and it growing algae.

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Question.... If I was to put my tank on the table that gets morning sun light , would that be enough to where I don't need a new light fixture for the tank? I purposely didn't put it the for fear of too much and it growing algae.

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It is much harder to regulate natural lighting from outside and chances are you will be met with more algae problems if you go this as opposed to simply upgrading the stock fixture.

I have seen a lot of people report algae "blooms" when positioning tanks near direct sunlight.
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Fluval Spec V

I used to drive a Spec V, but I crashed it.... Teeheeheehee...

But seriously, daylight almost always equals algae blooms, unless it's your sole source or you've experimented with previous setups in the same room and have masted the placement of a setup.

And as mentioned, it's much more controllable and easier to dial down or up to suit any changing plant needs.


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Thanks for the advice. I assumed that was the case but I'm new to planted tanks still so it's always good to verify.

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I lost one of the small cyrpt parva today. It more or less completely melted. The rest of the plants are doing good though. I think I was too rough with the parva while putting it in. I need a better set of tongs. with the ones I have they uproot the plant every time as I'm pulling them out if the substrate. Suggestions would be awesome if anyone has one. Maybe for another plant too. I was thinking some nya grass or something else that floats. I'll upgrade the light soon as well.

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Sad to hear about the loss! Did u still keep it around? I heard as far as the rhizome is still there, it might come back!

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As long as your tank doesn't get direct sunlight you shouldn't have problems with algae, especially with those Ottos on your side. Very nice setup though, looking forward to updates in the future.
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Sad to hear about the loss! Did u still keep it around? I heard as far as the rhizome is still there, it might come back!
I tried to save it but after i pulled off the mess of wilted leaves/roots it came out of the substrate and I couldn't get it back in. I really need a good pair of tongs. The ones I have don't work worth a crap and my fingers and way to big to gingerly get it back in.
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