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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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TWINS' TANKS - Spec III n V

Hey guys,

These are 2 of my Fluval nanos set up about a month ago for my twins' bday who just turned 4. Tanks are both cycled and are just settling in. Both were stocked this week after the cycle was complete. Plants were all sourced from the nice folks on TPT..shout out to all that I got plants for.. Thanks a ton guys..

Specs:

Spec III- low tech -

Equipment:
Stock lights + filter.
Intank,llc media baskets with fluval biomedia, filter foam, nitrite/ammonia reducer foam, and purigen.
Intank plastic skimmer.
Hagen 50w heater in the pump compartment.
A couple of 1/4" holes made in the Pump hose to keep the pump compartment topped off.

Hardscape:
Black feather rocks- looks like a lighter variant of black volcanic rock- sourced from the local landscaping place.
Black petco sand.
Lava rock filled pantyhose to give height in the back.
Couple small manzanita branches.

Flora:
Trident java fern in the back- top of the triangle.
Anubias nana petite glued on small pcs of lava rock in between the lace rocks as mid ground.
Multiple mosses glued onto the rocks.

Fauna:
Beautiful boy koi betta, named Aquaman. (He completes Justice league in our house).
3 ghost shrimp.
1 amano shrimp.
3 RCS.

So far, Aquaman just investigates the shrimp, no casualties as yet. Other than that, he is so full of personality. Betta's make great fishy pets- rival certain cichlids for spunk...

Spec V - low tech as well :

Equipment: same as above.

Hardscape:
eggcrate structure to create height at the back.
Some kind of heavy, dense sandstone- checked with vinegar, no chem reaction, no residue in the water, no major KH/GH fluctuation..
Pool filter stand.
1 manzanita branch.

Flora:
Windelov Java fern at the back.
Bunch of assorted buces glued on individual lava rock in among the sandstone elements.
Assorted mosses glued on lava rock smaller pcs of sandstone.

Fauna:
3 amano shrimp.
6 assorted neocardinia shrimp.
Waiting to source a school (6-8) of microfish (open for suggestions- don't wanna spend a ton here)

I apologize for the IPhone pics- can't find my slr. Let me know what you guys think...

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Those branches are shaped very nicely for the tanks and use the space very well!

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both look amazing
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I just hope the light is adequate. I have been fertilizing using modified/lowered EI regime. Haven't used Excel yet. Some of the mosses didn't make it including riccardia, giant willow. Wave moss is barely hanging in there...


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I've seen good growth with stock light and low light plants in my Spec III shrimp tank (Anubias, Salvinia, Ludwigia, java moss, Subwassertang), but I'm very low tech (no ferts, Excel or CO2). I love the filter on these tanks! Hope your find plants you like that thrive under your setup.
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