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Old 01-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Fluval Spec 19L Project


So after seeing the new Fluval Spec 19L in my local haunt I decided that I needed to have a go with something a little smaller than what i'm used to. I tried to put myself off the idea thinking I couldn't afford another setup but then the tank came on offer so I couldn't refuse, especially when it came with a free heater!

Seeing other peoples nanos on here inspired me to do one for my own so i'm going to try and take pictures along the way. I only decided this after the substrate went in so there's no pictures of the tank being assembled. It's a simple enough thing to do though.

Here should be the first picture I took. The substrate I went for was Fluval Flora. Cheap enough and the 2KG bag was all I needed.


Next I decided to use an old piece of root for the decor. This was originally a much larger piece that came out of my main tank. I snapped off loads of the roots and worked them together in a formation I liked. I'm trying to keep things in proportion but as its my first attempt i'm just kinda working things out as I go.



So now the roots are in place I can try add the rest of the equipment i'm using. I have an old Fluval Mini 20G co2 kit lying about with 3 or 4 full cartridges so i'm going to use that up while the plants grow in.
Oh yeah plants....So i've just ordered a bunch of HC to go in this and also i'm going to harvest some of the hairgrass I have in my main tank. Hopefully the hairgrass will hide the dirty great co2 chamber that comes with the mini kit.

So thats about it for now. I may add the water and get the filter up and running but i'm in no rush. I'll update pictures as and when I progress.

As it's my first attempt all advice is encouraged and welcomed. thanks!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Great piece of wood. Good luck with the grow
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Thanks. It was maybe 6 or 7 separate pieces put together. I just hope they stay where I put them ha
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great start!
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nice, I love the wood.
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That wood is fantastic! A great start for a great ecosystem!
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looking good so far!
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Thanks guys. Yeah I'm really happy with the wood. I said earlier I was in no rush but I've changed my mind now. I can't wait to get it planted up. I just hope the delivery guys don't take too long with the HC.
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A plant or two but the filter end and a nice carpet with the driftwood on top would look awesome.
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That's what I'm aiming for. HC carpet then hairgrass in the back left corner. It's pretty long at the moment so will plant it as it is and let it drift over the top a little. Hopefully it won't affect the hc from getting the light it needs
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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So here's a quick update. Got round to adding the water last week. Unfortunately the wood had been out of my previous tank for too long and had dried slightly. So the obvious happened, my neatly placed wood floated all over the place. School boy error but nevermind....

Got a few stands of hairgrass and Java moss in place and also the temperary co2. Root pills also in the substrate. Just waiting on the HC. I'll be emailing the company tomorrow to find out where it is.

Oh quick one to anybody who might know. What wattage is the stock light unit? has anybody got any cheap upgrade suggestions? Thanks in advance

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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Upgraded the lighting today before the arrival of the HC, which has been a nightmare to get hold of. Supplier issues grrr. Happy with lighting though...
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So quick update. Mainly for a little advice. Two little bundles of hc arrived today after waiting ages for it to come. It all looks nice and healthy so I'm pretty pleased about that. My question is should I leave it to float around a little to develop some roots? Or should I be splitting it up into tiny strands and planting mini bunches? Please help lol. Thanks guys :-)
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I would break them out and plant them now, although planting in a filled tank into fluval substrate (i believe) will cause you to age a few years.
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So what would be best? Drain the tank down to an inch of water maybe? I'm new to this can you tell?! Ha
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