Looks great so far, really like the moss on the wood! Nice to see the inline Co2 diffuser is working well and not sending tiny bubbles everywhere! I'm about to start my first planted tank in a Spec V so will definitely be checking in on yours for inspiration and help if I need it!
A couple questions, first, how much of the Seachem Flourite Black Sand did your tank need?
Second, are you using any water treatment, ferts, root tabs, etc?
Finally, what did you use to shrimp proof the grate and the lower pass through in the filter wall?
Thank you. The diffuser has been great so far but for some reason, there is a slow leak somewhere in it that's causing a small stream of bubbles in the filter chamber. I though it was because the tubing wasn't snug enough but I replaced it and still have. Slow leak. I'm going to mess with it this weekend.
Regarding your questions:
I used about half of a bag of the sand, perhaps a little more, but one full bag is definitely overkill.
I am dosing the following:
- Mon, Wed, Fri: .5ml Excel and 1 pump ThriveS by nilocg
- Tue, Thur, Sat: .5ml Excel, .5ml Seachem Iron, 1ml Flourish Advance
- Sun: Water change day, no dosing
In a week or two, when things settle from the rescape, I plan to cut ferts from Wed and Sat from my regimen, but keep dosing Excel, to try to reduce algae.
I followed this guide to shrimp-proof the filter intakes: http://spec-tanks.com/how-to-make-a-...spec-aquarium/
I used the excess mesh shoved between the sponge and the compartment wall to cover the lower intake. I'm now wishing I would've gotten a piece large enough to just slide along the full height of the compartment to cover both intakes and be invisible in the main tank.
I apologize if the formatting is bad, this was hard on mobile.
I can't wait to see your project!
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