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Old 01-10-2012, 03:05 AM   #106
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So is it normal for all 3 compartments to be at the same water level? I was filling up the display and noticed the sponge and pump compartments were filling up just the same. Is that correct?

I'm thinking I must have a leak along my false wall? Never used an all-in-one design, but I thought it'd be fully sealed so the water level in the display stayed constant while the evaporation would be lowering the water level in the filtration compartments.

Totally okay.

1. there's a blow-by vent in the divider down near the bottom, a small slot to allow a minimum amount of water to pass by.
2. the water level in the main tank-part will always by just at the point to where it spills over into the filter compartment when water evaporates over time. you'll see the water in the filter compartment dropping over time.

There's always a finite amount of water in the tank, but the filter pump will push it all into the main compartment, draining the filter compartment.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:28 PM   #107
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esworp: Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll see that in action more when the water level drops.

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Just filled up a Spec for a family member. It's mainly viewed from the right side. Went with anubias on the wood, and it's going to be a battle between the bolbitus and windelov ferns in the corners.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #108
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I'm new to the planted tank forums, but found this thread and wanted to share my work desktop SPEC.

Flora: Eleocharis acicularis, Hemianthus callitrichoides, and I think Cabomba caroliniana.

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #109
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i'm new to the planted tank forums, but found this thread and wanted to share my work desktop spec.

Flora: Eleocharis acicularis, hemianthus callitrichoides, and i think cabomba caroliniana.

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #110
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Ajn81,
What all are you planing for the tank? Do you run c02 at all? If so will you upgrade your light to the fluval 13 watt fixture? Also is that the Fluval shrimp stratum or plant stratum? Your tank looks great too!
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Ajn81, how are you finding Cabomba in your spec? I found that it needs a lot of light or it starts to break apart.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:33 PM   #112
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What all are you planing for the tank? Do you run c02 at all? If so will you upgrade your light to the fluval 13 watt fixture? Also is that the Fluval shrimp stratum or plant stratum? Your tank looks great too!
Pretty much leaving the tank as is for now and seeing how it goes. I've only had it a month or so at this point. Not running CO2 at the moment, just daily 1/2 cup water changes with Florish Excel dosing. I'm planning on adding a few shrimp to the tank and so therefore went with the Fluval shrimp stratum. It's pretty dang light though which has been a bit of a pain when dealing with the plants.

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Ajn81, how are you finding Cabomba in your spec? I found that it needs a lot of light or it starts to break apart.
The Cabomba is going nuts with the standard LED light that comes with the spec. In the month since I planted it, I've already had to trim twice. The hair grass and the baby tears seem okay at the moment, though the hair grass has browned a bit.

Thanks for the comments and complements!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #113
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Thanks Ajn81, do the bottoms of the cabomba brown and melt away at all? I found that mine did because the bottom didn't receive enough light. No problems with the Spec light?

To all Spec owners with Bettas in them, do your bettas constantly flare at their reflections because of the black background? I know mine does and I don't know how to fix it. Moss wall?
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A moss wall would be a pretty sweet option, as long as the entire wall gets light.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:33 PM   #116
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Hi all i am waiting to order my fluval flora as i am keen to start hobby but i already have a spec but never got it going but have been motivated seeing all these amazing tanks, ordered some flurish excel and re-aranged tank and cleaned it up today and put in heater, i really want some fish in here , think maybe to small for betta but any other ides ? also a question i will be using household amania to fishless cycle any idea how much to dose ? know its only a few ml will it be fine to start straight away even though using flourish etc

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I might have to pick one of those up for my desk at work.
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Mine's coming along quite nicely. I've got a few Cherry shrimp in there and a pest snail that came in on the last batch of plants. He's doing a good job of keeping the tank clean at the moment but when he gets to a nice size he's going to be dinner for my Assassin snails.

'Scuse the algae on the front glass and the low water level. It's due a bit of maintenance.



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Pretty much leaving the tank as is for now and seeing how it goes. I've only had it a month or so at this point. Not running CO2 at the moment, just daily 1/2 cup water changes with Florish Excel dosing. I'm planning on adding a few shrimp to the tank and so therefore went with the Fluval shrimp stratum. It's pretty dang light though which has been a bit of a pain when dealing with the plants.
How much excel do you dose in that? 1 ml?
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