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Old 02-07-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hey guys just joined and started a tank yesterday. I am not new to planted tanks but it has been about 10 years. About 7 years ago I did a large (400+ gallon) salt water reef tank and to be honest I think I burned out and took a large break from tanks. Couldn't go any longer without a tank and picked up this fluval spec V. I also got a spec iii for my girlfriend she will be setting up soon. Here is the spec V I set up last night with some pretty basic plants and some wood I had. Using the stock filter (minus the carbon), 50w heater, and stock light. No co2 for now just flourish. Started with prime for the water and a small bottle of tetra safe start. I also fed the tank a little food for the bacteria. I wanted it viewable from 3 sides so scaping was a challenge , let me know how I did. Also any advice is greatly appreciated. I plan to add shrimp (10) , and harlequin rasboras (7-9). Is this too stocked or other suggestions please.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:29 PM   #2
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Specs 4 hours after set up:

Ph- 7.4
Ammonia -<.25
Nitrite- 0.0
Nitrate- 5.0

On to the pics:



Up close from the front :

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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Love the driftwood, looks like it was made for the tank. Attached plants set it off too. Looks like you still got it!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #4
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Oooh is that a bunch of c. Parva in the front? I love those little plants! Looks great, welcome to the fold

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Thanks! , thoughts on my invert/fish ideas?

Driftwood is two pieces and I agree , fits like a glove.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
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Ok tested it again and ammonia,nitrite are 0.0 and nitrate is trace above 0. It is also crystal clear... Do I have a problem or the most stable tank in two days on the planet?

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Old 02-08-2014, 06:10 AM   #7
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the plants are sucking up all the ammonia. I believe they actually prefer that over nitrates. So with this said plants are a great way to skip the tank cycle if you dont stock too fast. Start with a rasbora and slowly increase your stock. I think 3 should be your max just because its a small tank. Just monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels daily until your nitrate levels start rising.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:32 AM   #8
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I've got 9 boraras urophthalmoides in mine with tons of RCS and 2 otos. These are tiny fish and the tank is not overstocked at all. I added about 20 of the shrimp to get more life in there as it looked almost empty with the 9 boraras. There are now so many shrimp I have no idea how many and they swim everywhere, running circles around the fish.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:46 PM   #9
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Thanks I think I'll throw 3 rasboras in this weekend and monitor . Ill slowly add up to 9 over a few weeks if the levels are good, then how long should I wait for the shrimp?
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:50 PM   #10
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Depends on how quick your tank cycles. I would wait until it cycled then start with red cherries since its been a few years. They can handle changes in the tank better and will reproduce quickly! Good luck. Keep up your water changes and monitor your fish if your doing a fish cycle.

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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5 rasboras added today

Ph- 7.6
Ammonia-0
Nitrite -0
Nitrate- 1.0


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Old 02-10-2014, 01:06 PM   #12
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Sad update : lost all 5 fish and still not completely sure why but I have an idea. Water parameters immediately after incident as follows :

Temp- 77f
Ph- 7.6
Ammonia-0 - 0
Nitrite -0 - 0
Nitrate- 1.0 - 2.0

I dosed flourish excel that morning with the top off .4ml and I am starting to think that was the problem as they started showing signs of distress immediately after that. I did a 2g water change immediately but the damage was done and all 5 rasboras eventually passed from the "incident". I plan to do a 50% change again today and toss in some active carbon in the filter for a few days to dissipate any residual in the tank. I think I'll stick to root tabs and just dose the excel once a week in a .2ml volume with the water change.

Let me know what you guys/girls think about my plan , or if it is needed at all, and if you think that was my cause...
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:16 AM   #13
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Updated pic putting in root tabs tomorrow . How long should I wait before adding the CRS?


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Old 02-15-2014, 10:42 PM   #14
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Few shrimp now an some growth , rescaped a bit

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Old 02-17-2014, 10:12 PM   #15
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Should I be concerned or patient with the holes in the java fern? I got it like this...

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