Spec V shrimp & plants
So I just talked my wife into letting me get a tank again for the first time in several year years. I used to have a 39 tall high light CO2 injected EI tank, but that was torn down almost 8 years ago when we moved. Since then I've tried nano reefs and nano planted tanks a few times, but I never followed through very well, and they all ended pretty disastrously. Well, I decided that since I live right next to a great LFS now, and I have a little money to play with, I would go ahead and rekindle my love of planted tanks, and hopefully stick with it and not screw up this time.
So I went in to my LFS, and picked up one of the new model Fluval Spec V freshwater tanks, a Fluval mini CO2 system, a little 50 watt heater, as well as a bag of Fluval Shrimp and Plant Stratum, some malaysian driftwood, and few easy plants (java fern, anubias, a broken marmo ball, and a couple crypts). The C2 is being injected through a ceramic disk in the pump compartment. We'll see if I need to upgrade the light, or if the new stock light is up to the task.
Picture 1 is what it looked like when I first set it up last weekend.
Picture 2 and 3 is after I rescaped with some rocks and more stratum, and added java moss, dwarf hair grass, and some good marmo balls. Hope the hair grass does OK!
I ran water tests today too. I need to add minerals and ferts... badly! The pH is 6 or so, and the KH and GH are basically 0. ammonia is low, and there is no detectable nitrite or nitrite. I plan on pushing some osmocote plus granules into the substrate, and to start with EI as soon as my they arrive from NilocG via Amazon.
Not going to be adding shrimp until after it is full established, and I've got the water parameters all settled.
Let me know what you think, and feel free to follow my progress.