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02-27-2015 11:36 PM
Longhorn Stock lighting can grow quite a bit more. Here's my tank:



Anubias 'golden'
Cryptocoryne parva
C lutea
C blasii
C spiralis
C wendtii (green and a reddish one)

The growth is very slow though.

That said I'll probably upgrade the lights and add co2 so I can get a carpet going.
02-26-2015 07:50 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by WDIK View Post
1st post, this forum looks like a great resource.

Right now I'm in the research stages of setting up a Fluval Spec V as a planted tank to eventually house some Red Cherry Shrimp and a few neons.

My question is about plants that will do well with the stock light. I have read that java fern and java moss are pretty beginner friendly. What I'm really interested in are some of the "carpet" type plants I see on mesh. I see some of them referred to using acronyms, but I don't know what those acronyms stand for.

Will any of these "carpet" type plants do well with the stock light?

Any info is appreciated.

Thanks.
Java fern, Java Moss, Anubias, and maybe Crypt Parva if you add root tabs. The stock light won't grow much else. Perhaps hornwort and duckweed. But those lush carpeting plants you're seeing generally require medium-high lighting and co2 injection, unfortunately.

Neons will eat your shrimp babies. The adults MAY be ok. Otos are the only truly shrimp-safe fish.

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IMO the stock light will not grow any plants. Maybe it will keep anubias , etc alive but you wont see any real growth. If you have patience you may be able to carpet a low light moss.
I get new leaves and growth from the stock light in my Spec tanks.

But yes, otherwise, carpeting plants won't likely happen without significant upgrades in lighting and co2.
02-26-2015 04:03 PM
dru IMO the stock light will not grow any plants. Maybe it will keep anubias , etc alive but you wont see any real growth. If you have patience you may be able to carpet a low light moss.

HC = Hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears)

UG = Utricularia graminifolia

DHG = Dwarf Hair Grass
02-26-2015 02:31 PM
WDIK 1st post, this forum looks like a great resource.

Right now I'm in the research stages of setting up a Fluval Spec V as a planted tank to eventually house some Red Cherry Shrimp and a few neons.

My question is about plants that will do well with the stock light. I have read that java fern and java moss are pretty beginner friendly. What I'm really interested in are some of the "carpet" type plants I see on mesh. I see some of them referred to using acronyms, but I don't know what those acronyms stand for.

Will any of these "carpet" type plants do well with the stock light?

Any info is appreciated.

Thanks.
02-25-2015 11:29 PM
Hyjinx92 Wow, thats such a beautiful set up. I hope you dont mind me asking but, what plants do you have and do you use any ferts? How long do you keep the light on for and has the lighting been sufficient? I was just wondering because my java fern hasent been doing to well, its pretty close to the surface and i think i was giving it way too much light because some of its leaves were browning on the edges and tips and some were turning transparent on the tips ?~?
02-25-2015 08:51 PM
dulcelife Started Feb 4th 2015. All Stock.
02-24-2015 10:58 PM
Hyjinx92 Im such a plant noob -.-
i will give it a try, thank you for the info ^_^
02-24-2015 10:52 PM
kman Crypts are rooted, not tied to wood or rock. They're not really carpeting plants, normally. They'll grow fine in an inert substrate with root tabs.
02-24-2015 10:37 PM
Hyjinx92 Actually the crypt parva looks like it would fit in rather well, maybe i could try to get them to carpet the left side of the tank? If not, perhaps i could attach it to a bit of wood? Would it grow well enough planted in plain sand with just root tabs and liquid ferts?
02-24-2015 10:18 PM
kman I don't think the stock light is strong enough for swords, but I could be wrong. Definitely need root tabs for swords, since you don't have a soil-based substrate.

Hornwort is low light, easy, and soaks up lots of nitrates, but I don't care for it personally, mostly I don't care for the appearance but also it sheds lots of little crud in the tank. Shrimp like it, though.
02-24-2015 09:03 PM
Hyjinx92 Thank you for the info, and yes, iv never owned any cichlids before, so i could only go off of reserch and reviews, plus i dident know about this web sight :/ . So far he ignores the shrimps and they mostly hang out in the java fern tree. luckly they are quite large as well, so that helps. Oh and one just successfully molted last night. I have allot of time on my hands so frequent tank maintenance isent an issue, oddly enough i enjoy taking care of the tank daily, from small water changes to syphoning up detris and old food lol. I will probably get some more java fern and a different type of anubias. What do you think about hornwart or amazon swords?
02-24-2015 06:12 PM
kman ^^ Gouramis need a bigger tank for more than one. But Gouramis are very territorial as you noticed. You either need only one, as you have, or you need at least 3 if not 4. When you have enough to be considered a school, they act as a school, but with only two they'll fight to the death over territory.

Otos need 2-3 to be happy. A 5 gal tank is really pushing it, size-wise, to keep two. It can be done, but you'll need to stay on top of conditions.

Otherwise it looks like you're off to a good start! The cherries may or may not make it... it depends on the Gourami and whether or not he decides they could be lunch.

You could add Crypt Parva with a root tab under it, if you want more plants, else just add more Anubias and Java ferns. Hard to go wrong with those.
02-24-2015 11:47 AM
Hyjinx92 First of all, my sincere apologies, i happen to talk ALOT lol. Im so happy i finally found this wonderful forum! theres not to many sites that talk about this particular tank. Anyways, im new to keeping aquatic plants but im not new to keeping fish tanks. i just added my adorable little oto catfish 2 days ago, a neon dwarf gourami 4 days ago and 3 cherry shrimp 8 days ago. I also silent cycled the tank for a month prior to adding any fauna. i now do 10% water changes each morning after feeding to help acclimate the new oto "i hear they are very sensitive to any ammonia during the first month and enjoy frequent additions of freshwater". So far Its seems to keep him very calm and happy.

Flora: 1 java fern, 2 anubias nana, java moss and 1 marimo moss ball "i want a few more low light plants that dont need to be planted in substrate but am not sure what else to add."

Ferts: So far all iv needed to use is API Leaf Zone once a week, plus a little with water changes, i also dont use the activated carbon packet unless the water gets cloudy. Luckly i haven't had to use it because of all the frequent small water changes.

Fauna: 1 neon blue dwarf gourami, 3 cherry shrimp and 1 oto catfish "consitering adding a femail so he can have a buddy, that is if this one is makes it past one month"

Tank specs: The basic stock pump and lighting. Although i might upgrade the lighting once that light dies out. I also cut a small hole in the tubing facing the heater to help evenly circulate the heated water. I also run the pump on low and point the output nozzle upwards and towards the glass to slow the current for the gourami.

Heres a crummy iphone pic, also the other dwarf has been put in to another tank, sadly they dident get along as i had hoped. I suppose they would have needed a bigger tank to equally establish their territory. What plants do you guys think would be good fill out the left side of the tank? Also i do believe the tank is stocked to its limit, but if not, what other fauna could i add and how many? Oh, and any critiques are welcome because i am new to nano tanks, but i used to maintain my parents 40 gal aside from the plants, "they were consitered my moms precious babies." Again, i apologise for such a long post.
02-23-2015 12:06 AM
intermision My most updated pictures
02-22-2015 03:34 AM
jarjarstinks My attempt at an Iwagumi aquascape in my Fluval Spec V. I'm doing a DSM using Ohko stone, Eleocharis Parvula, and Pogostemon Helferi atop ADA AS.
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