Fluval Spec V my frist planted tank
Outside of an Amazon sword I have in my 29 gallon at home this is my first planted tank.
It's now been set up on my desk at work for two weeks and I'm really enjoying having some fauna in the office.
I started the setup about two months ago and had kept it at my house for setup and cycling.
Cover and decor is mopani wood and mixed medium natural gravel.
It has two anubis nana, some wendentii, a little hairgras, and mondo grass. Aside from some transplant shock in the mondo grass everything went great. The dwarf hairgrass has a hard time rooting in the mopani wood. The hairgrass that I've tried to get to root into the gravel cannot get it's little roots around the largish pebbles and when I tried to sink it with a pebble and fishing line it gradually came apart. I'm working on rooting some in foam and I'll see how that goes.
Livestock is 22 yellow cherry shrimp and 4 horned nerite snails from Alpha Pro Breeders. They all acclimated great and have settled in well. I made a mistake in selecting this gravel. It's the darkest natural gravel I could find but the shrimp blend it a bit when they're crawling around on it, more than I would like. In retrospect I should probably have just gone with black gravel or ordered something natural but darker.
I prepared the tank for shrimp by getting shop-vac prefilter and cutting it to cover the slotted filter intake and the small auxiliary drain lower on the divider wall and hot gluing them in place. This seems to have worked out well, although when I'm trying to count them I can only ever find 20 or so of the shrimp when I'm quite certain there are 22 in there. I'm sure I'm just overlooking some. The foam is black and blends in with the divider.
I've got the heater stuck in the pump side of the filter area (is it technically a refugium?) and the light is facing out so I can see it through the frosted glass. It comes on once an hour or so and it keeps the want right around 77*F which is nice because it's not an adjustable heater. I've been adjusting the pump output nozzle once a week or so just so that the plants get varying flow and detritus doesn't always drift into the same areas. I like that the pump output is adjustable and have been taking advantage of it.
The tank was 25% off because it was returned by someone but the sticker said everything worked. They didn't have another one at the store, or that's what they said. I just e-mailed a lady at Fluval pictures of the receipt and they shipped another right out. Totally happy with that.
OK, time for pictures.
Last edited by maux; 09-27-2013 at 04:29 PM.
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