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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec V - First High Tech Tank

Hello, all

At the advice of another member, I'll be starting a tank journal, to track my tank and have a place for feedback from everyone.

Today, 1/13/15, I should be getting the rest of my equipment in, hopefully before work. If everything works out well, I'll be able to get plants tomorrow (I still don't know what plants I want).

Equipment:
1 Betta
Fluval Spec V 5G tank
AZOO plant grower bed topped with 1/2" of sand
Finnex Planted+ 16"
Fluval mini 20g CO2 kit
Fluval ceramic diffuser and bubble counter from 88g kit.

Water:
78-80*F
pH 7.2
Ammonia .25
Nitrite 0-.25
Nitrate 5
dGH 8
dKH 3-4

Filtration:
1 TBS crushed coral, bagged
Fluval Spec Carbon
Seachem Matrix biomedia
Filter pump on slowest setting, 5 holes cut in outlet tube for reduced flow





Wish me luck! Input is always wanted!

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A tank journal ain't no tank journal without any pictures. lol

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies


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Sorry! Here is how the tank sits this morning.

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Nice hard scape

Time to get some plants!
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Nice hard scape

Time to get some plants!

That's the plan! As soon as my co2 kit and lights get here and I get them installed, I'll go out plant shopping.

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Very nice hardscape.

IME shopping for plants through users on the forum is the best way to go. LFS usually have terrible plant selection.


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I would just get the plants now if you don't plan on waiting months for plants. It isn't like the high light plants will instantly die.
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Very nice hardscape.

IME shopping for plants through users on the forum is the best way to go. LFS usually have terrible plant selection.

I think I'm lucky with my LFS selection. This newish one has a good selection of just about everything, and the people there are super knowledgeable.

I asked them if they wanted some guppies and they said they only take in fish if they are between grades something and something. I didn't even know fish had a grading system. :???

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Fluval Spec V - First High Tech Tank

Got everything installed. WOW what a difference in the light.

CO2 is escaping from the side of my diffuser, not the ceramic. Is this an issue?






I cut a portion of the filter intake to make room for the air line so the top could still sit on the right way.

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Plants in. How long before they carpet?

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Nice start!
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Thanks! If all goes well i may introduce CO2 and better lighting to my 40G

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I have the same diffuser and had the same problem

It is wasted co2, you could either try to seal it where it is escaping or just buy a new one

If you want a nice carpet quicker you could separate and plant the individual nodes in the area you want coverage

Also, more plants! Maybe get some moss for that driftwood?
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I have the same diffuser and had the same problem

It is wasted co2, you could either try to seal it where it is escaping or just buy a new one

If you want a nice carpet quicker you could separate and plant the individual nodes in the area you want coverage

Also, more plants! Maybe get some moss for that driftwood?

I super glued the diffuser and it's doing well.


I have some Java moss balls that need trimmed, do I just wrap the trimmings to the log to make it grow?

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Yes or super glue them

Love your betta BTW
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