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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-15-2015, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Rep's Spec V

Hi all. Picked up a used Fluval Spec V. Setting it up as a shrimp tank with just anubias for plants. Plan on just using stock light at the moment. Still trying to figure out the hard scape and open to suggestions. Sorry, some reflection in the pics.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-23-2015, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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Wood kept on floating, was in one of my other tanks a few months ago but dried out too much since then. Too much snow to find good rocks so this will have to do for now.
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Added some vals. Right now the pump is turned off so the plants will have a chance to root. When the pump is turned on will the shrimp be ok with it in full or should I turn it down?
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I really like your layout with the rocks. It looks great.


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Thanks! Turned on the pump this morning, uprooted the largest set of vals. So replanting and changing the nozzle direction a bit.
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Nice! Are you sticking with rocks or will you be putting the wood back in once you soak it enough to sink it?


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Thanks kman. Originally I was thinking the wood with the anubias tied to the nooks. At the moment I think I will see if the vals make it or not. If not I might put a piece of wood in the center to give it some height.

For shrimp I am think a mix of Fire Reds or Red Rili with Tigers and maybe some Purple Zebras. My tap water is 7.6 ph and 11gh. Not sure if the Tigers will be ok in that. Also not sure if the Zebras are reclusive or not.
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Maybe Indian Zebra Shrimp might be a better choice since they will actually breed in freshwater .
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]Got some Round Pellia, attached to the wood but it still floats, so attached it to some rocks. Vals still work their way out of the rocks. If the do it again I might just let them float till they grow some roots. Got 6 indian zebra shimp and 6 fire shrimp.
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Looks great so far! Let us know how well the stock light works for you.

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I love the jungle vals. Going to have to pick some up!


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Took the Vals out, they were all floating again today. They had lots of new green leaves but the roots just are not big enough to hold them down. Don't think my gravel size helps. Hopefully the Round Pellia grows out nice and bushy.
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Maybe tie the roots of the Vals to a rock?


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Maybe. Will try and let you know.
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Nope, didn't work. Had a hard time getting the line tight enough to keep the Vals attached. Did work with Hornwort though. If the stay I might do a few more bunches.
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