|Yesterday 10:28 PM|
|Yesterday 09:05 PM|
I'm going to add fine SS mesh over the intake(s) to keep the shrimp out, like the guy in post 81 (see pg 6) (plus more mesh to cover the bottom intake).
I'd buy an evilBay skimmer cover to increase skimming, but from what I understand, shrimp actually love that biofilm as a food source (especially babies) so it's probably a good thing to leave it alone.
I'm going to replace the stock light with the 18" Current USA Sat+, which I already have a timer/controller for.
I crammed a 50W Cobalt Aquatics NeoTherm into the pump compartment while it cycles, so I'm all set there.
|Yesterday 06:12 PM|
sorry, I lied; it's actually a Marina mini heater 17w. no frills, but it works. it fits with room to spare.
|Yesterday 06:00 PM|
|mproia||Mesohorny, What type of Fluval heater do you use? Does it fit easily in the chamber?|
|Yesterday 05:30 PM|
I just have some very minor mods ...
cut holes in the standpipe coming from the pump to circulate water in the chamber that also houses a small fluval heater and plugged the lower hole draining into the filter with electrical tape to increase skimming. I also replaced original filter media by stuffing the drip chamber with hella biomax, layered with a cutting of the original filter foam, and topped her off with filter floss in the hopes that any li'l shrimp that find their way in there can easily find it back out.
... and of course replaced the stock light with a fluval eco bright I found on super clearance.
now I just need to add the shrimp!
|Yesterday 05:15 PM|
FugeRay Planted+ LED Fixture: 20"
Here are some reference pics of my FugeRay Planted+ LED Fixture: 20" on my Spec V.
|01-20-2015 07:01 PM|
|01-19-2015 01:06 AM|
I have been reading these threads since before I bought my Spec V, and have come across the same issues with losing my shrimp to the filter – luckily, I have always found my baby shrimp alive at the bottom of the filter.
I made this account to share what I did to fix my problem – So hopefully it helps.
I bought some aquarium silicone and stuck a ‘hose washer with screen’ over the intake slot. I have the same intake speed, but don’t have to worry about shrimp getting in. The fish eat whatever gets stuck to the screen (which is usually nothing).
These are the types of filters you buy at a hardware store to install in a garden hose.
I originally held it in place with a rock – but the aquarium silicone made life a lot easier.
|11-28-2014 06:20 PM|
Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for this thread. New to the Spec V and lots of good info in here. List of what I've done and pics:
1. Added Purigen bag under filter housing to push coarse sponge up and restrict some of the flow from the lower inlet.
2. Added hole to outlet hose based on some of the benefits mentioned here in thread.
3. Upgraded to Satellite Current LED+ and really love it, its sleek and looks like it belongs. Though, it's powerful enough that I fear I will be forced to move to co2 in order to ward off algae.
4. Bought Flourish Excel and Flourish but have not dosed yet.
Pics - http://imgur.com/a/m8kdR
|07-31-2014 01:13 AM|
Definitely PM a mod like Somewhatshocked if you'd like to see it stickied.
I would say until such a time exists I'd email it to yourself or subscribe to it so you will always have it in your history somewhere.
|07-31-2014 12:02 AM|
|ErtyJr||Hey this is such an immensely useful post, is there any way we could get this stickied somewhere. There is a lot of info I would like to come back to later, as I'm sure others would.|
|07-27-2014 06:32 PM|
|07-27-2014 05:46 PM|
|07-27-2014 12:15 PM|
Hi I have a very simple mod that has worked wonderfully for my spec v. I replaced the lighting and now have very high lighting enough that my dwarf hairgrass is shooting off runners everywhere.
I went to home depot, bought a plain desk lamp, and then bought this 65 watt cree daylight floodlight bulb. Here is the link to it.
It is important to note that you Must use a bulb rated "daylight" it has the ideal spectrum.
I also bought some 1/2" pvc and fittings made by "sharkbite" from home depot and created a spray bar. The fitting was not a perfect fit I had to trim and sand down the elbow to get it to go into the piece the nozzel normal goes into. Then I had no surface tension so I drilled a 1/4" hole in the top to spray water at the surface. It is working well, but was still too powerful for my small apistogramma fry so I then used silicone on the inside of the elbow and blocked half the fitting. Since then it has been at a very good level. I then sprayed it black. Here is a picture...
And here is the whole tank. I adjusted the contrast a bit because the light is very very bright.
|07-27-2014 06:03 AM|
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