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Old 06-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #106
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New member here, but though I'd post some pictures of what my Spec's stock light was capable of doing.




I really really need to prune.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:04 AM   #107
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Update of my new scape


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Old 06-23-2013, 06:21 AM   #108
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Finnex; the stock light just was not cutting it for me (plus I am going to be doing CO2 in this tank so need more light to compensate).

Just picked up some Glosso today I am going to be planting around the stones.
What size finnex did you get?
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #109
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:15 PM   #110
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Here is mine:



Have only had it for about 2-3 months. At 1.5 months in the stock light switch went out and the replacements are on backorder. Had to get another light so went with a Current Satellight Freshwater LED+.

Currently only have a few shrimp in there but plan to toss in our Beta once the tank balances out a bit more. Having some algae issues since we got the new light and trying to find the right balance without having to result to CO2.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:45 AM   #111
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My Spec V after five months of grow
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:02 PM   #112
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Here is mine after just putting in the riccia
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:41 PM   #113
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One week in. Going to try to stick with the stock light, so some research necessary on the plants. Fish are likely to be Ember Tetras and Corydoras habrosus or pygmaeus.
The heater is a 50W Superfish that fists in the filter pump compartment. Let's see if there's enough flow to make it worthwhile.

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Old 08-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #114
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One week in. Going to try to stick with the stock light, so some research necessary on the plants. Fish are likely to be Ember Tetras and Corydoras habrosus or pygmaeus.
The heater is a 50W Superfish that fists in the filter pump compartment. Let's see if there's enough flow to make it worthwhile.
That's where I have my heater. I found out there is not enough flow in that compartment and the compartment will reach the desired temp before the tank and the heater will shut off.

I solved the problem by using a heater controller and with the temp prob in the filter media compartment.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:18 PM   #115
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Eventually planted up with 2 pots of 1-2-Grow Staurogyne repens, some Echinodorus quadricoststus from another tank, a pot of Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia (3 crowns) and a bunch of Lindernia rotundiflora.

I found the standard LED light looked a little more than a glimmer in daylight hours, so I've hijacked a daylight work lamp. It has tubes in it called a FML-27W lamp. We'll see how it turns out.

[The Ceratopteris and some of the Lindernia is going into a 'vase' sometime soon.]
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:27 PM   #116
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Ooo, there are some great tanks here!

I'm thinking of getting one of these. Questions: Is this a good-to-go kit if I stick with low light plants? And what kind of mesh are people putting on the filter intakes? My experience with shrimp tells me that they are suicidal.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:49 PM   #117
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I added extra sponge in front of all intakes and that seems to work. (Granted I'm not trying for a large population, just a steady number.)
As long as you stick with very low light plants you'll be okay. Java fern, mosses, some crypts and ludwigia red are doing well in my tank under the kit lights (I need to do an updated tank shot.)
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:47 AM   #118
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Thanks! I'll probably get it. It's too bad I don't have it already because I saw a gorgeous orange betta today at Petco.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:25 AM   #119
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My Spec V that houses peacock gudgeons and Pygmy cories
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:02 AM   #120
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Wow, these are so nice! Looking forward to the selection of fancy driftwood and plants at the next fish swap so I can get mine photo-ready
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