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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Shawn’s fluval spec v

Starting a spec v...
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-substrate will be ADA Amazonia with fluval stratum added if I don’t have enough Amazonia left
-hardcape will be manzanita branches/ ohko stone
-plants:
-crypt ( I forget which variety)
-Anubias nana petite
-Bucephalandra mini Lamandau
-staurogyne repens
-monte Carlo

2/25/19 only thing done so far is the tank filled with water & plugged in, driftwood soaking, plants thrown in & floating around. Plan to drain, put in substrate, rocks, & plant/ attach plants tomorrow. Originally I wanted to keep it simple & just have Buce/petite Anubias on wood & thats it, but I need way more, so adding some other plants I already had in my 40b to fill it out more, at least for now.

Livestock after cycling will be cherry shrimp, maybe a few small fish.
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2/26 scaped & planted. Loving the ohko stone. Ordered a bag from chewy, wasn’t sure what to expect but there were a few larger stones & some smaller pieces. I only used a portion. I left out the 2 biggest stones & a few smaller ones.
Put down a thin layer of fluval stratum then topped with ada Amazonia because I didn’t think I’d have enough Amazonia. Superglued Buce & Anubias to wood. Crypt nurii around the big rock, staurogyne tucked around the rocks, Monte Carlo in the open space. I’m sure I’ll have to replant some staurogyne & Monte Carlo, it’s liking to keep coming lose. It always sticks to my tweezers when I try to plant, hard to get it to stay down.
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Gorgeous tank!

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Update 3/8. Still leaching ammonia, so no livestock yet, but plants are settling in nicely
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3/19 water finally tested 0ammonia & nitrite, low nitrates, so added some fish/ shrimp. 3 neon tetras & 3 Amanos. 5yo picked the neons, I was trying to steer him towards ember tetras, but I do like neons.
I’m going to add more shrimp in a couple weeks. Would like PFR Cherries, but tempted by blue dreams. I feel like reds would be more visible from the couch though, about 8ft away from the tank. Decisions, decisions lol.
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Ordered velvet blue dream shrimp to arrive next week!!!

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Shrimp came today!!! Great color! Bought from soshrimp.
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