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Danny's Fluval Spec III Journal

Hello Everyone!

It has been a few years since I've put up a journal on here, so I decided I might as well start another.

Today I picked up a Fluval Spec III off of Facebook Marketplace for a whopping $15. I could not pass this deal up, as I've always wanted a spec III. This tank is replacing my 2.5 gallon setup with my betta. The substrate, water, and plants are all from that tank. Just not the rock.

Tank:Fluval Spec III
Equipment: Finnex Fugeray Planted + Clip on, and a crappy tetra heater.
Substrate: Eco Complete.
Stocking: is 3 Nerite snails, 1 Scarlet Badis, 25 ish Red Cherry Shrimp, 20 ish Carbon Rili Shrimp.
Plants: Dwarf Hairgrass in the front right, crypt parva front left, and 2 crypts that I do not know the name of in the back.

8.5.18:
Today the tank has been setup. The tank already looks very clear.

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Can anyone tell me if this is Salvinia or Water Lettuce?
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Thank you all for reading, and please feel free to tell me what you guys think! I'd appreciate any advice/feedback!

Bump: annnnd my pictures look like they were taken by a potato. Anybody know how to fix this?

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6 Days since setup of this tank, and not much has changed. I added more of my floater; (an ID would be greatly appreciated!)
I'm thoroughly enjoying this tank. Hopefully my hairgrass will slowly begin to spread, but I'm not expecting much from it.
Any ideas or anything would be greatly appreciated!

Here's a shot I just took. I got bored and decided to play around with my DSLR
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Nice tank and nice pictures. I think those look like dwarf water lettuce and not salvinia since they seem to have the uniform light fuzz but I am not 100% sure. Your beta fish is beautiful.
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Nice tank and nice pictures. I think those look like dwarf water lettuce and not salvinia since they seem to have the uniform light fuzz but I am not 100% sure. Your beta fish is beautiful.
Thats what I thought. The LFS I got them from always seems to mess up their plant identification.. I guess they got one right!
I appreciate the comment on the Betta. He's actually battling some nasty fin rot right now, I'm hoping he can beat it.

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Just a quick update before I head to bed.

The rock on the left was bothering me a considerate amount, so I decided to take them both out and do a quick rescape.

I made a slope out of the gravel, and reset the rocks to a new location.

I really really like this new scape. Its simple, yet has depth. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow.

I also added an Indian Almond Leaf, as well as my Carbon Rili Shrimp out of my Fluval Chi.

I hope you guys enjoy! Again, any comments are appreciated. Any advice is, as well.

Just a quick picture with my Iphone X for tonight.
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One last thing. What kind of third party photo company are you guys using to upload? I used to use Photobucket, but I'm not sure if thats still a thing or not. I'd rather not use Flickr.
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I think it looks really neat. I like to see a betta fish with such a nice home.
I agree it does have depth.
Can you show us the shrimp?
How long do you run your light?


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I think it looks really neat. I like to see a betta fish with such a nice home.
I agree it does have depth.
Can you show us the shrimp?
How long do you run your light?
I appreciate it. He’s pretty happy in there. Just needs to beat his fin rot.

I definitely can when I get home! They hide a lot, so it’ll be interesting.

I run my light from 11/12 (whenever I go to lunch) to 9 pm ish. I need to get it on a timer.

Thank you for the comment!

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I think it looks really neat. I like to see a betta fish with such a nice home.
I agree it does have depth.
Can you show us the shrimp?
How long do you run your light?
Alright! I got some pictures for you!

The first one doesn't really have any blue in it.

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This one has a good amount of color. They're starting to come out more, which is nice.

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I dug in the tank for hopefully the last time for a while today.

I read in the fluval spec mod thread (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9...spec-mods.html) about misc. ways people have covered up the lower inlet slit of this tank, to prevent shrimp from getting in the back. A few people mentioned using Electrical Tape, with success, so I added a piece to the back wall. I had to move a bit of gravel around, so thats why the tanks a little dirty looking.

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I'm going to be doing daily 50% water changes on this tank to hopefully cure Chevys Fin Rot. I added the Indian Almond Leaf as some natural medication. The tannins are another reason I'll be doing water changes.

Thank you for reading, and please feel free to comment any ideas/suggestions!

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Thanks for the shrimp pics.
The first one is a bit "where's Waldo" though, he he.
I cut off a tiny bit of black sponge and wedged it into the lower inlet slit.
I have four Fluval Specs, a 5g, 9g, 15g, and one like this 2.6g that I just set up.
I have shrimp in the 5g and the 15g and even though I blocked the lower inlets on day one.
And on day one placed a screen over the top inlet in the 5g and placed a wedge of sponge over the 15g top and bottom inlets I still have stray shrimp in the filter area.
I have a tiny shrimp net and a turkey baster I use to move them back to the living area, but seems like there's always one or two in there. These are tanks with 30-75 shrimp so I can live with it, but it freaks me out. I just have to not think about it, he, he.
Anyway, a little bit of sponge works if you need an alternate solution on the lower inlet.
One other thing I've got going is an airstone bubbling in one of the filter chambers. This seems to decrease surface film and I like the idea of a little more oxygen for the shrimp.
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More changes!

At the end of the month I'm taking a trip home to move some things back, and Chevy is one of those "things." I moved him from this tank to my 5 gallon. (That tank will receive a thread after I get back.)

After doing that, I did some shopping for the Spec.

I went to my LFS today, and they had a fish I've been wanting for a while. Scarlet Badis. I picked one up for the spec!

I also picked up some more shrimp, as my girlfriend wants to bring a colony back to Wisconsin.

I got a bunch of Cherries and a few more Carbon Rilis for $30! A helluva deal, if you ask me. She's going to be taking the Rilis, I'm keeping the Cherries for the Spec. However, in the meantime, they're going to be mixed in here; (about 2 weeks.)

The badis was a pain to get a solid picture of, but I tried.

Enjoy!

Badis and Cherries.
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Thanks for the shrimp pics.
The first one is a bit "where's Waldo" though, he he.
I cut off a tiny bit of black sponge and wedged it into the lower inlet slit.
I have four Fluval Specs, a 5g, 9g, 15g, and one like this 2.6g that I just set up.
I have shrimp in the 5g and the 15g and even though I blocked the lower inlets on day one.
And on day one placed a screen over the top inlet in the 5g and placed a wedge of sponge over the 15g top and bottom inlets I still have stray shrimp in the filter area.
I have a tiny shrimp net and a turkey baster I use to move them back to the living area, but seems like there's always one or two in there. These are tanks with 30-75 shrimp so I can live with it, but it freaks me out. I just have to not think about it, he, he.
Anyway, a little bit of sponge works if you need an alternate solution on the lower inlet.
One other thing I've got going is an airstone bubbling in one of the filter chambers. This seems to decrease surface film and I like the idea of a little more oxygen for the shrimp.
Keep posting!

That airstone is a really good Idea. I might do that. I plan on ordering a screen from H4NAquatics, just need next payday to come, as I spent enough money today. You should make journals for your Specs!

I appreciate your comments!

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More updates!

I think iím finally done messing with this tank.

I swapped out the lace rock for some dragon stone I found at an LFS. They also had some tissue culture flame moss that I grabbed.

Lastly, I ordered 5 Least Killifish that arrived today. I've wanted Least Killis for at least 3 year. I was very surprised when there was actually 6! Iím going to keep the Badis in here with them. For those who donít know, Least Killifish are TINY. Theyíre about the .75Ē at their biggest. Pictured below is a Male.

Realistically, there should not be any more changes for this tank. I'm going to have to catch the Rili Shrimp next week, so that may mess the scape up a bit, but besides that, I'm going to let it grow and do its thing.

Hereís some pictures:

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I've not heard of Killifish, I don't think.
And I kinda pay attention to nano fish pages. Wonder why.
I'll have to investigate. Cool.
Uh, what are Rili shrimp and why must they go?
You must have a pretty nice LFS. I'm stuck with not much beyond the basics.
You did a good job capturing a picture with the Badis.
I wonder will the fish eat up any tiny new shrimps?
I have dragon stone in one of my shrimp tanks, but I like the look of that lace rock.
I'm not sure I've seen it before. Something else to investigate.
Thanks, I'll try to get a journal started so you can pester me.
Looks great btw. Sound like you're having fun. Keep it up and enjoy.
Tonight I went whehah! as I walked by my main tank and my wife said what was that noise you just made?
And I said whehah. And she said that sounds prideful and I said yeah I've been wanting to have a school of those fish for years (neons) and now I do.
Not as easy as you might think, but following one of Dude's threads and getting a quarantine tank and getting a good batch has lead to success.
In any case, my point is, make sure and take time to smell the fish!


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I've not heard of Killifish, I don't think.
And I kinda pay attention to nano fish pages. Wonder why.
I'll have to investigate. Cool.
Uh, what are Rili shrimp and why must they go?
You must have a pretty nice LFS. I'm stuck with not much beyond the basics.
You did a good job capturing a picture with the Badis.
I wonder will the fish eat up any tiny new shrimps?
I have dragon stone in one of my shrimp tanks, but I like the look of that lace rock.
I'm not sure I've seen it before. Something else to investigate.
Thanks, I'll try to get a journal started so you can pester me.
Looks great btw. Sound like you're having fun. Keep it up and enjoy.
Tonight I went whehah! as I walked by my main tank and my wife said what was that noise you just made?
And I said whehah. And she said that sounds prideful and I said yeah I've been wanting to have a school of those fish for years (neons) and now I do.
Not as easy as you might think, but following one of Dude's threads and getting a quarantine tank and getting a good batch has lead to success.
In any case, my point is, make sure and take time to smell the fish!
You haven't heard of killifish as a whole, or just Least Killis? They're on aquabid for pretty cheap. Awesome little fish.
My girlfriend technically owns the Rili Shrimp, and she's going to College back in Wisconsin, so she's taking them back with her to put in her tank.
My LFS' here actually kinda suck. There's one good one, and its almost a 30 minute drive. Besides that I have to depend on Petsmart :/
The fish are all too small to eat the shrimp, and are non-aggressive toward them as well.
Lace rock is typically used in reefs, actually. However it can be used as Freshwater rock.
Do it! Its really cool to see all your progress. I really do enjoy this type of stuff.
Look for an update on the tank tonight or tomorrow.

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Alright, now that things have finally slowed down, it's time for an update.

My girlfriend left yesterday, taking the Carbon Rili shrimp along with her. I now only have the Red Cherry Shrimp.

The least killifish have put out at least one baby, if not more. Its hard to tell, since the babies hide.

Besides that, not much has really changed in here. I'm still loving this tank a ton.

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Last night I decided to put together a youtube video about this tank.

I hope you all enjoy!

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