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Old 06-28-2014, 08:32 PM   #1
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My new Spec V - Pressurized CO2 - Finnex Planted+


Long time lurker, first time poster. I have been out of the hobby for a few years, had way too many tanks (freshwater, saltwater, brackish), went to college, started a life and so on... I've been having the itch to get my arms wet again and had my heart set on a nano planted tank, something I've never done in the past.

Specs:

Equipment:
- Fluval Spec V
- Eco-Complete Substrate
- 16" Finnex Planted+ LED
- Aquatek Mini Paintball CO2 System
- inTank Surface Skimmer
- ViaAqua 50W Heater
- Glass Diffuser and Drop Checker

Plants:
- Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) - Planted as a mat, held down with fishing line and sinkers
- Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
- Ludwigia Peruensis (Ludwigia glandulosa)
- Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata) - Removing
- Rotala Indica
- Anubis nana

Fertilizers:
Seachem -
Flourish Comprehensive
Flourish Excel
Flourish Root Tabs
Iron
Potassium
Phosphorus
Nitrogen
Equilibrium and RO Water

This tank has only been setup for a couple weeks, plants have been in for a week, CO2 was added yesterday. I am still playing with scape, still not sure on the plant selection. I am also still dialing in the lighting and CO2. Please let me know what you think. Any pointers on the scape, plants or equipment selection? Looking forward to learning more from you guys and gals!



Pearling HC?




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Old 06-28-2014, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'm doing the same thing with my spec v... Waiting for my co2 now.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:17 PM   #3
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How do you like the 16" so far? Any dark spots? I am debating between the 16 and the 20" models.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:57 AM   #4
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Looks like regular Baby Tears to me. Tank looks great.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:29 PM   #5
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Quick update:

I had a small algae outbreak when I left town for a couple of days. My CO2 airline popped off of my diffuser, my luck I tell ya... I shortened my photo period, upped my water changes and everything has balanced back out. I also recently added one small Otocinclus.

As for the 16" vs 20" light debate. I feel like the 16" is more than enough for this tiny tank. I have crazy growth and pearling. My HC and DHG are filling in nicely.

Here is quick updated photo from a few days ago before I trimmed a bit.
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Quick update:

As for the 16" vs 20" light debate. I feel like the 16" is more than enough for this tiny tank. I have crazy growth and pearling. My HC and DHG are filling in nicely.

Here is quick updated photo from a few days ago before I trimmed a bit.
Thank you for the reply. Tank looks really nice, I like it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:52 AM   #7
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The Spec III has been 48.99 on amazon so I bought one yesterday. As you have the Planted + on a spec, do you think the 12" Planted + would require CO2 on a Spec III?

The Fugeray is half the wattage for only 7 dollars less so I was thinking of going for the Planted +.
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