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.
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
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.
Mid Ground Plants
Giant Baby Tears
Unknown Amount of Cherry Shrimp
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