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jills 10-11-2012 09:42 PM

New Fluval Spec III
I have just ordered a new Fluval Spec III. This will be my first attempt at a Nano. I have 2 planted tanks now, a 72 gal bowfront and a 55 gal. I would like to plant the Nano with something that would be a great carpet, maybe HC or glossostigma? Any other suggestions? The tank size is 2.6 gal, 8x8x10. The light that comes with it is
7500K high luminosity LEDs (31 White LEDs). My question is will this light be enough to grow a good carpet or do I need to consider something else? If something else, I'm open to suggestions. I will not use CO2, but will use Flourish. Thanks for any info!

somewhatshocked 10-11-2012 10:18 PM

The Spec fixtures aren't strong enough for anything beyond lower light plants.

In order to grow a carpeting plant successfully (something other than moss), you'll also likely need DIY CO2 at a minimum. Flourish Comprehensive won't cut it and Excel likely won't give you the results you're expecting.

jills 10-11-2012 10:52 PM

Can you recommend better lighting for this tank? I don't want to spend over $100 for lighting. Thanks!

smirkis 10-11-2012 11:04 PM

fluval spec 3? i have a fluval spec and its only 2gal, the next one up was a 5gal long i believe. im curious if we have the same tanks, or if u have one thats really .6gal larger lol.

the stock light is enough to grow moss and low-light demanding plants (not many! lol). a cheap upgrade would be the fluval flourscent which can be had for 30-40 dollars online. im still using the stock light and my plants have been growing great for the month i've had the tank. when i upgrade, im either getting the fluval compact flourscent or some LED light my LFS has for under 50 bucks. good luck and post pics when you get a chance!

jills 10-11-2012 11:16 PM

Fluval just came out with this Spec III. I ordered it from Fosters and Smith. I will take a look at the Fluval fluorescent. I would love to have a Kessil light, but way out of my budget and I think overkill for such a small tank.

smirkis 10-11-2012 11:33 PM

now that i looked at it, it has a different LED light then the normal fluval spec. not sure what it would compare to, but i assume it might be better then mine. both have 31 leds, but mines "ample" and yours is "high luminosity". it may be hard to compare it to a light u don't have, but it should be better? i say try it first, and just be ready to upgrade as soon as you realize its not quite cutting it.

SpecGrrl 10-12-2012 12:30 AM

Oh! So interested in hearing about your experience!

I think the Spec 2 light is fine for low light.

The Spec V light leaves a lot to be desired in comparison.

fquercus 12-04-2012 09:21 PM

Is the difference between the Spec and Spec III an additional 0.8 gallons and a updated led fixture?

Basil 12-05-2012 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by fquercus (Post 2099347)
Is the difference between the Spec and Spec III an additional 0.8 gallons and a updated led fixture?

That's it. As for a different light many Spec owners go for the Fluval 13 watt PC fixture.

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