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01-23-2014 01:31 PM
Spladle160 Hey guys, first post. To start off with this is my first tank ever so no laughing. Currently the plants are:
Ludwigia repens, left
Lobelia Cardinalis, left
Ludwigia sp. Red behind rock
Riccia fluitans, in mesh and on wood
Hemianthus glomeratus behind rock
Crinum Thaianum, Tall onions behind rock
Nymphaea Sp., on mound on right
My plan is to add my betta and some rcs or rilli shrimp after the tank settles down.

About 3 days after setting up the tank I went out of town on business and discovered my old timer wasn't working and I had no lights for 3 days, now all the Lobelia on the left has hardcore melted.
I've ordered a 20" Fugeray planted for it but it won't be in until mid February, should I wait or just get the 16" That I can have in 2 days?
01-16-2014 08:42 AM
STS_1OO That's a good looking layout. The stock lighting though will do your scape in. It's not enough for anything more than the hardiest, slow growing plants. I would look into the new finnex fugeray planted+ led lights or an equivalent. I personally have the 1st gen fugeray 16" on my spec v. Good luck!
01-16-2014 07:14 AM
Randizzzle Just getting back into the hobby after a 6 year hiatus. Bought a Spec V to ease myself back into things. Always wanted to do a nano tank and iwagumi so here goes!

Substrate: Eco Complete

Stock Lighting

Hardscape: 5 Seiryu stones

Fauna: 6 Boraras brigittae (Mosquito Rasbora), 2 amano shrimp

Flora: dwarf hairgrass, tall hairgrass?

Ferts: Daily 2 ml Flourish Excel, Kent Pro-Plant few times a week.

Here was my initial layout. Didn't really put much thought into it and just excitedly wanted to get plants and water in...



After about 2 days, realized that the hardscape was rushed. Pulled all the plants and redid the hardscape with a bit more precision and thought. First layout was flat, lacked depth and didn't really accentuate the stones.





Finally put the heater into the filter compartment and added a black background. Taken a couple days ago with a point and shoot, caught some good stills with the schooling mosquito rasbora.





Not sure how I feel about the shadow in the front now that I'm looking at it again pic after pic..

Also, the hairgrass is not really thriving to say the least. Some stems are turning brown, kinda withering in the current, but there are runners so that's reassuring. Was thinking about trimming them down a bit, hoping that will freshen things up and start some new growth? Co2 should be coming here in 2 days so I can't wait for things to finally be able to fill in and start to see some real growth.

Anyways, let me know what you you all think! It's been really fun to get back into the sway of things and re-learn everything. (LED lights were a shocker to me) what happened to CF's?! But yeah, great thread looking forward to seeing what we can all do with this little system.
11-19-2013 01:09 AM
jrh wow, you freecycled a hundred dollar tank? nice!
11-18-2013 09:23 PM
Mini4x I picked one of these up on Freecycle.. Haven't added much yet though. This was about 2 hours after I picked it up.



The fish it came with is this guy:
11-18-2013 03:42 AM
jrh
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Originally Posted by RWaters View Post
What's the rock to the left? It looks like it might raise you pH.
To me it looks like texas holey rock. limestone that has had tunnels worn into it by centeruries (or longer, dunno) of water dripping through it.

If it is, it will probably leach calcium. It's perfect for Lake Malawii cichlids, problems for some other biotypes.
11-18-2013 03:05 AM
second Some great looking tanks out there!
11-18-2013 02:43 AM
jrh Fluval Spec V at work, stock lighting



Dwarf lily doing amazingly well
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...y_800x600c.jpg

Microrasbora erythromicron (or danio erythomicron -- its related to danios, not rasbroras)


Some other residents.

11-17-2013 10:46 PM
second Fluval Spec v five gallons
Four Endlers
Two Ottos
And Bob the Shrimp (Amano)
Plants...
Cryptocoryne Undulata, Brazilian Pennywort, and Fissiden Moss

10-20-2013 02:44 AM
tandaina
let me see some FLUVAL SPEC V'S

No clue what you'd call it. LFS uses it for most of their scapes. Hasn't moved my ph, same out of the tap as in the tank! It may be leaching some calcium actually, I'm watching those tests, but so far OK.

(All three rocks are same variety actually.)


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10-20-2013 01:32 AM
RWaters
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Originally Posted by tandaina View Post

Untitled by JoAndRoses, on Flickr

Heater down in the pump area, replaced the light with a Finnex Ray.
That looks very nice. What's the rock to the left? It looks like it might raise you pH.
10-20-2013 12:41 AM
tandaina
Untitled by JoAndRoses, on Flickr

Heater down in the pump area, replaced the light with a Finnex Ray.
10-20-2013 12:38 AM
They Call Me Ryan with a sale and a 50$ store credit this tank only cost me 46.00 so i couldn't pass it up.

Substate: Fluorite
Premo GLA Co2 setup 10lb tank (i know way overkill it was originally for my 90g), 75mm atomic diffuser, 1 bubble every 3-4 seconds.
15w great choice heater (flat rubber pad style)

the co2 diffuser and heater all fit in the filter compartment very nicely for a clean look.

the tanks only been setup for a couple weeks now. i have 10 fire red shrimp in there to try and start my own colony. im also waiting for my light upgrade to show up. i ordered a 16" finnex ray 2 ho LED light (not sure if its going to be way overkill or not, opinions?). im not dosing any ferts yet but i might start once the light shows up. so far everything is surviving and growing slowly with the stock light.
10-18-2013 12:47 PM
killereef Here is my Spec V with light upgrade. I used two 8K striped LEDS mounted to the original Fluval light fixture and two 6,500K(?) striped LEDS mounting on an aluminum U bar. I had to changed out the power supply on the Fluval light cause I accidental dropped on the wood floor, cant believe it stop working just for that. The original power supply is 5V 500ma. I used what I had, its a cell phone charger 5v and 750ma. I think think it looks brighter and better then before. I have the tank at the office. The pic doesnt do it any justices in showing how bright it is in person



http://s535.photobucket.com/user/kil...tml?sort=3&o=1
08-31-2013 03:02 AM
Jen8560 Wow, these are so nice! Looking forward to the selection of fancy driftwood and plants at the next fish swap so I can get mine photo-ready
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