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01-29-2013 07:52 PM
DRED805 I've had this tank going since last June... the lilly on the right and the sword in the back left have been in there since day 1.

I don't know much about lighting, but I've never had a plant die, and most of them grew from bulbs I got a petco a few months ago... it actually seems to be overgrown every week or two.

I leave the lights on for 10-12 hours a day, so I don't know if that's why they're doing so well.

I came across this post while searching for LED options for a second 16 gallon bow front tank I'm getting because I like the LED's on my spec so much...
12-31-2012 07:40 AM
Thunder Nice tanks! I got one for Christmas. :-) I came here looking for info on the stock lighting. What I have are Marimo Tree w/ Mopani Wood, Dwarf Hairgrass and Seriyu Rocks. Right after the video, I got a plant, but no name for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCsFuczpOLk
12-09-2012 09:50 PM
jhwku Like your set up and plant variety. Lets see some updates. I too am curious about the amount of growth with stock lights. I put up an older aquatic life but its quite an eyesore as I bought the tank for its sleekness
10-09-2012 04:40 PM
bat_billy I just set my Spec up last night so the water is still cloudy in the picture. I have added 2 ecoxotic 8k stunner strips to the standard stock lighting in case I want to grow higher light plants. I currently have no idea what livestock or plants I plan on putting in the tank!
10-09-2012 02:58 AM
ModusVivendi Here's mine that's been setup about 2 months (probably about the same yours has been setup now). Stock light, no ferts, recently switched from caribsea sand to ecocomplete. Swords are doing fantastic. The roots were about 6 inches long when I pulled them out and the total size of each plant has doubled since planting. The microswords are growing quite slowly but still look great. Java moss on the driftwood is a more recent addition and seems to be growing. Only snails, copepods, and scuds inhabiting at the moment.

How is yours doing?





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10-09-2012 02:38 AM
Jeffww The light sucks ime. But it's good for low light plants.
10-07-2012 06:04 PM
bostoneric I dont know the par data but I had great success growing a lot of things in my spec v with the stock LED lighting.
10-07-2012 05:54 PM
bat_billy
Spec V Par Data

Buying a Spec V tomorrow. Does anyone have any par data on the stock light?
07-14-2012 09:52 PM
idleivey I think the only problem with the rock might end up being water hardness issues. Depends on your tap water, if you have pretty soft tap water then it should work out. I would test Gh and Kh and see where your at.

Otherwise it looks nice, I like the fluva spec dimensions. Makes for a nice display tank. Not a huge fan of the fixture but an led swap might be an interesting mod.
07-14-2012 09:39 PM
GreyFeather Thanks everyone for the feed back

I had time to assimilate everyone's response before I ran off to Big Al's this morning. I by-passed the fluval CO2 kit and bought flourish excel as recommended. I also picked up the flourish root tabs -- I have to ask though, is it overkill if I use the root tabs since I have the fluval stratum?

I thought I would try my luck out. If the HC dies, then I'll venture to either the fluval CO2 or DIY CO2.



Went ahead and gave the first 'shock' dose of fluval excel just a few minutes ago.

The tank is looking good so far. Updated photo:


One concern I had is that I noticed the rock was 'crumbling' ...I went back to my receipt and found out it was a travatine tufa and the majority of the information I found about the rock was that it was more popular in reefs/salt water but it was also perfectly safe to use in freshwater - can some one confirm? In any case, I read that it was just calcium carbonate that was crumbling and would affect pH of tank


I have a water test kit - will use it sometime tonight and give parameter readings. Still no fauna...still undecided.
07-12-2012 09:42 PM
Chrisinator I really like the look of that spec!
07-12-2012 09:38 PM
CryptKeeper54 I want one... it will be interesting to see what this light can and can't grow.
07-12-2012 08:28 PM
jujiro I really like the layout on your tank So far . Yea the stock lighting on these nano kits aren't quite strong enough to grow anything except low to medium light plants. I had to change my 2 gallon tank's light out with a desk lamp and a spiral fluorescent bulb.
07-12-2012 08:16 PM
dubels Dosing CO2 depends on what fauna you want to keep in the tank. In smaller tanks CO2 with shrimp can be dangerous because you need to monitor the PH levels and should not have big CO2 swings. Excel can be more dangerous because its very easy to overdose with shrimp. But if you are going with nano fish (Dario Dario, Chili Rasbora, CPD) you should be good with either option. Check out this forums DIY section for DIY CO2. I have two DIY CO2 setups running and they seem adeqaute.
07-12-2012 07:37 PM
battered Don't go with the Fluval CO2 kit - it gets expensive in the long run. I guess you could do excel, but I've heard that although it works, it doesn't come close to actual CO2. It also might be dangerous for shrimp if you overdose it. I'd do DIY CO2 (unless you want to go paintball or pressurized). Trust me; the info might seem overwhelming at times, but it's very very easy to pull off. You're going to need a stronger light to grow the HC though, definitely. Otherwise, looks good!
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