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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I love the Specs series, so heres a Spec V Journal

The first spec I ever got was when the "Ebi" craze first came out like what 5-6 years ago? Now a Spec 2g is very small and I found it very hard to do any scapes with it. During Black Friday 2017 Petsmart had a awesome sale on the Spec V so I decided to pick one up.

Hardware

Fluval Spec V (19L) 5 gallons
Netlea Soil about 4+ years old
Stock 7000k Fluval LED 10w
Stock Pump 210-300 L/H (55-80 US GAL/H)
5lb Co2 tank with Reef Fanatics Co2 regulator (PSi 20 is hard set )
cheap ebay bubble counter
Up Aqua Atomizer
glass drop checker

Mods

Sealed the hole in the bottom
Sealed the slot between the media and the return section
Made a overflow level adjuster
cut the return tube so I can fit the Up Aqua Atomizer in the return section
Removed the Stock media and replaced with Seachem Matrix on the bottom, fine Sponge above that, course sponge above that, and finally some filter floss to polish the water.
added a SS mesh to keep shrimp babies from going pass the overflow grills.

Plants

Mid Ground Plants

Lobelia Cardinalis
Alternanthera Reineckii
Blyxa japonica
Staurogyne Repens

Background Plants

Mermaid Weed
Ludwigia Brevipes
Ludwigia Palustris
Giant Baby Tears

Fauna

Unknown Amount of Cherry Shrimp

Maintenance Schedule

30% Water change once a month
Mechanical Media once month
biological Media cleaning once every 3 months
Daily dosing of PPS Pro

Tank filled on October 20th 2017



Stuck the Up Aqua Atomizer in the return section so I can have less equipment in the Tank, I was going to put a heater in there but since it's on my office table the room is always warm there.



Initial Planting while the tank cycles. I put in 5 adult male endlers, I also used old Seachem matrix to help the cycle along

October 31st 2017



The Stock lights can grow plants very well however I find that any plant that will grow red under high lights will grow green on this one. Just compare to Rotala on the Back left from the previous pic to this one. Decided to take out the 5 Adult Male Endlers because I saw them eating some baby shrimps.

November 14th 2017



Removed some background plants for my other tanks. The Hydrocotyle tripartita sp."Japan" grows way to fast and was shading the other plants so that had to go

January 11th 2018



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Yesss! I love following spec v tanks!

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Awesome journal, as a fellow Spec V lover.
I especially love the CO2 diffuser between the pump and the nozzle. Very nice compact way to do it. I'd consider doing that with mine too but I want the heater in the tank. It appears that the lack of a heater has not stunted plant growth. Great results with the stock light too.
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Decided to remove all the Ludwigia Brevipes and replaced it with Rotala 'Bonsai'



Shrimps are breeding fine even though I been dosing fertz pretty heavily. I been dosing this 5g tank as a 10g. I did see one small shrimp dead in the overflow grill. I tested the tank and the nitrates is over 40.. opps, I guess I'm going to do a WC tomorrow and dose maybe 3 times a week instead of everyday.



FTS as of January 23rd 2018, the midground plants needs a trim soon. If you look at the previous FTS I had lots of GDA on the back glass, I don't know if it's the shrimp or the Ramhorn snails but they have completely removed it.



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What size Up Aqua inline atomizer do you have?

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What size Up Aqua inline atomizer do you have?
It's the smaller one for the eheim canister filters return tube. I think the size is 12mm, these atomizers require at least 30psi to function correctly. Since my regulator is locked at 20 psi the fastest bubble rate I can get is 1 bps which is luckily enough for this tank.


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What size Up Aqua inline atomizer do you have?
It's the smaller one for the eheim canister filters return tube. I think the size is 12mm, these atomizers require at least 30psi to function correctly. Since my regulator is locked at 20 psi the fastest bubble rate I can get is 1 bps which is luckily enough for this tank.
Thanks for the info, I also have a spec v, but my regulator allows for higher psi. Just taking notes for the future if I ever want to get away from the diffuser I am currently using.

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Decided to reset the tank but this time document it on video

Fluval Spec V Journal Deforestation part 1


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