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11-22-2014 05:54 AM
Shane98270

Trying to figure out my dosing still, also dealing with a fungus killing my HC. It's my first go with high tech so I'm still adjusting.
Got some staurogyne repens, eleocharis tennelus, HC, and Crypt Parva in there. Oh and a dwarf lily in the front right.
Co2 is an aquatek regulator on a paintball tank. Lighting is a 20" finnex fugeray planted plus. No fish until the plants grow in more. Planning to put some Cherry Shrimp and Celestial Pearl Rasboras in there.
11-21-2014 10:52 PM
Rah
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Originally Posted by Razzy View Post
Does anyone do any modifications for the filter intake/slots on the fluval spec v ? I'm worried mostly about the small slit on the bottom and how it might create a vortex to suck in the shrimp ?
I have this (
Amazon.com : Fluval Spec Media Basket : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Fluval Spec Media Basket : Pet Supplies
) on my Spec V and I love it.
11-20-2014 10:20 PM
GreenNinja If you read through starting at the beginning of this thread, there's a ton of good advice. I'm pretty sure there's also a Spec V mod thread out there.
11-20-2014 10:13 AM
Razzy Does anyone do any modifications for the filter intake/slots on the fluval spec v ? I'm worried mostly about the small slit on the bottom and how it might create a vortex to suck in the shrimp ?
11-17-2014 04:01 AM
Greenlair I'm having a hard time posting pics but here is half a pic.
11-17-2014 03:32 AM
Greenlair I just won mine in a raffle! And decided to go planted with it (I'm a dedicated saltwater reefer). So these pics are from a day after setup.
11-13-2014 10:01 PM
GreenNinja Jbrady - thanks for the reply! I moved the pre-sponge just a tad so there's a bit more movement. I noticed the rasboras were hanging out in front of it and thought they might not be getting enough air. Now there's a tiny cascade with visible air flow, but still very low current. Everybody in the tank seems happy except my poor mutilated snail. (He'll be moved as soon as I can get the little Spec cycled.)
11-12-2014 03:51 PM
jbrady33 A) not really an issue with magnetic drive (magdrive) impeller based pumps.
B) when you do water changes siphon the gunk out with tubing

Sounds like the perfect amount of movement for those residents!
11-12-2014 03:44 PM
GreenNinja
Too little flow?

Oh great and knowledgable Spec V folks:

I'm worried that the flow in my tank is now too low. I have a pre-sponge rubber banded over the outflow and a pre-filter on top of my regular foam block. The water just barely moves. My betta and rasboras seem to love it. This morning, I found little bubble nests in three places. The rasboras are schooling and seem less nervous than in their big tank. I know both species are from low current areas. Plus, if I take the pre-filter off, my betta looks like he's being blown around by a tornado.

What I'm worried about is A) burning out my pump by restraining it too much and B) the water parameters getting off because there is gunk in the tank from not enough filtration. I've adjusted the pre-filter a couple times and every time, a bunch of cruft comes out of it. I've been checking my levels, but I'd rather not test every day. Thoughts? Advice? Experience?

Gratuitous betta shot:

11-08-2014 04:38 AM
GreenNinja Update on the tank. It's planted, cycled, and ready for more inhabitants! (I wonder how my snail will feel about sharing his tank...)

11-05-2014 07:55 PM
jtruong
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Originally Posted by GreenNinja View Post
That is amazing! I love how natural and wild it looks. Did you use Java Moss on the substrate?
i pretty much fluffed out the moss and overtime it clings onto the substrate. i am using fluval shrimp stratum. its like a playground for the RCS. they enjoy it alot lol
11-05-2014 03:52 AM
GreenNinja I've got a fauna question for my Spec V. My 10 gallon currently houses 8 strawberry (micro) rasboras and 4 guppies. The rasboras are beautiful, but tiny. They were schooling and very active until I got the guppies. Now they are less so and I wonder if they're unhappy with their new tank mates. I have a few options for relocation. Originally I'd hoped the Spec V would be a betta tank, but I am flexible.

Option 1: Move the school to the Spec V.
Option 2: Move the guppies to the Spec V.
Option 3: Leave them alone and hope they warm up to their neighbors.

Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?
11-04-2014 10:53 PM
GreenNinja That is amazing! I love how natural and wild it looks. Did you use Java Moss on the substrate?
11-04-2014 08:01 PM
jtruong Here's mine!
11-03-2014 09:39 PM
GreenNinja Really? The Chi is so on my list for my next tank (my husband just rolls his eyes at this point). I have to return a tank for my sister, so maybe I'll check. Thanks for the heads up!

EDIT: My Petsmart has them for $63. I noticed they're that price online, but then you can save $10 off and have it shipped free. $53 is not bad.
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