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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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I have finally decided to go forward with a complete rescape of my Fluval Spec V.
Tank: Fluval Spec V (Original)
Light: Finnex Planted+ 24/7
Substrate: Fluval Stratum
Hardscape: Dragon Stone
Heater: 50W Aqueon Pro
CO2: Excel Daily
Fertilizer: PPS Pro or Easy Green
Inhabitants: To Be Determined
Plants: Eleocharis Acicularis 'Mini', Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo', Bucephalandra Sp. ‘Green’, Crурtосоrуnе flamingo, Bacopa caroliniana ‘Bacopa’, Ludwigia peruensis

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I love the spec series, but my favorite is by far the V. Subscribed, keep us posted


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Right now i'm trying to figure out what substrate to use, or just keep the on I have. I'm thinking Fluval Stratum.

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Fluval is fine but ADA Amazonia is better, and Fluval Stratum is a lot more expensive per lbs.


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I ended up picking up some Stratum for cheaper than ADA or any other soil. Hopefully I can get the hardscape done this weekend so I could order plants.

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Just got the last fish out and started emptying the tank, hopefully later today or tomorrow I can get the hardcape done. first i got to go out to Petco to picky up a 29 for $20 with a coupon.

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Going a little slower than I had hoped.... Trying to get hard water stains off now. Those are just a pain. Next, I have to put together the hardscape and find someplace to order plants. One of my LFSs is getting a plant order next week so I might check that out and maybe a few Petsmart or Petco tissue cultures. I'll probably have to end up ordering from someplace online. On a side note, does anyone know if you can take off the stock LED holder/clip easily and without it looking terrible? It would be nice to have it off, but I'm afraid it won't match the frosted glass.

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Working on hardscape now......

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How do you like the soil, looks interesting, may have to get some.
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How do you like the soil, looks interesting, may have to get some.
Well, I only put it into the tank an hour ago, so it's far too early to tell, i'll have to wait until I plant the tank to see how well it works. So far I have no problems though, it was finer than I was expecting, which I guess is good.

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It will be interesting to see what you think of the Fluval stratum. I'm considering it myself for a nano cube I'm starting, the local Petco has started carrying it. I've used Seachem's Aquasolum before which I believe is similar to the Fluval.

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Yeah, Petco has the Stratum now. I also considered CaribSea Samurai Soil but ended up with this. My LFS also has the Seachem Aquasolum, how do you like it? From the little that I've researched most of these soil type substrates are pretty much the same, I think a lot f them are exactly the same product just packaged for different companies. Fluval and Caribsea tend to be the cheapest of all the options, that's why I went with Stratum.

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Well that Fluval substrate looked good so I bought some too. Should be here Monday.
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Yeah, Petco has the Stratum now. I also considered CaribSea Samurai Soil but ended up with this. My LFS also has the Seachem Aquasolum, how do you like it? From the little that I've researched most of these soil type substrates are pretty much the same, I think a lot f them are exactly the same product just packaged for different companies. Fluval and Caribsea tend to be the cheapest of all the options, that's why I went with Stratum.
The Aquasolum is fine, was my 1st foray into anything other than regular old natural gravel. I've used it in a jarrarium for raising shrimp and now I have it in a Fluval Flex capped w/Flourite. Plants like it but can be difficult to plant in until roots take hold.

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Weird I havenít been able to see any of your photos. ):


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