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05-28-2015 05:03 PM
PurdueGK I modified the stock fixture to house 5 rebel cool whites and 1 crew warm white. The stock fixture was not enough light for plants
05-28-2015 05:01 PM
PurdueGK







05-27-2015 04:42 AM
Entz My modified Spec V. Wasn't totally happy with the stock filter but looks odd without it. Might move the inlet to the right behind frosting and rearrange plants. or just put the wall back in and mess with the pump...

05-26-2015 07:42 PM
dru ^all with the stock light?

Dang!
05-26-2015 05:44 AM
geealexg
Low-tech Planted Fluval Spec Tanks

Weekly dosing with Seachem Excel and Flourish





03-03-2015 02:22 AM
MiamiC70 Here is mine. I set it up over the weekend and just added driftwood and a few plants today. This is my first planted and first freshwater tank.
02-27-2015 10:36 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 06:50 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 03:03 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 01:31 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 10:29 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 07:51 PM
dulcelife Started Feb 4th 2015. All Stock.
02-24-2015 09:58 PM
Hyjinx92 Im such a plant noob -.-
i will give it a try, thank you for the info ^_^
02-24-2015 09:52 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 09:37 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?
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