Set up a fluval spec v a while back and am really enjoying it. This is my first reall go at a planted tank and its a little harder then they make it look.
- stock spec v 5 gal
- Carib sea flora max substrate
- mini heater 10w aqueon
- DIY co2 with ebay $7 diffuser
I decided to plant dawrf hair grass and wish I did before I totally filled my tank that was a learning point for me.
As soon as I planted the hair grass I really realized the stock set up isn't going to do the job so I went and got a 23w cfl bulb in 5000degree K for a desk lamp that I picked up at home depot
The DIY co2 is bubbling away but I don't feel like its getting diffused the proper amount to be absorbed so I ordered a drop checked to test it and will make adjustments when it comes later this week.
I cycled the tank with a zebra danio and just added a few red cherry shrimp yesterday.
I also ordered dwarf baby tear and will be planting that on the right side of the tank so the shrimp have a good place to hide.
The biggest thing I have learned so far is don't rush the set up, plant when empty and also buy the good substrate and don't cheap out like me. I'm in Huntsville Al and the one aquarium store just doesn't have what I want so I'm having to order everything online and hate paying the shipping