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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-05-2016, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Starting out with a Spec III

After many, many years out of the hobby, we're coming back in. Very slow and very small!

This is what we ordered for our initial set-up.

  • Spec III Aquarium (2.6 gal)
  • Hydor 50W heater
  • Tahitian Moon Sand
  • API Stress Coat
  • Cleaning Magnet

We would like to do some plants first, then add a few fish. Shrimp are an idea as well, but I don't want to have babies upon babies upon babies.

Any tips for a new nano hobbyist?
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With 86 views I was hoping for a least a few tips for this newbie.

Have I done something wrong?

Did I disrespect the fish gods somehow?
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I think you are off to a good start!


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Good luck for your new project,you will find everything under nano tanks here to make it right from the first day.
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I'm also new to the planted tank hobby but every thing you got listed looks good so far.. As far as shrimp couldn't tell ya I'm also in the same fear about having shrimp babies all over my tank so not sure if I want to get them

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What's wrong with shrimp babies?!? Shrimp is a must to me, and nerites or malaysian trumpet snails. You need something to break down the detritus further. Besides, you won't have much babies if you get fish (most will eat the fry).
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Hi there & welcome back to the hobby

50W heater sounds like overkill but I understand Hydor to be a dependable brand so maybe that's not a big issue.

The Spec tank is pretty stout which can make growing taller plants a pain but I've had success with Rotala (sp. h'ra), it doesn't grow too fast or get way too tall. Also- I like Christmas moss but would personally suggest staying away from java moss.

The newer Specs come equipped with pretty powerful light so you should be able to grow any plant you like.

I bought the inTank brand acrylic media basket (via Amazon) which is overpriced imo but I would still recommend it.

For stocking- Endlers, scarlet badis, chili rasboras, a betta, or a pea puffer


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Thanks for the replies.

I like the Rotala and rasbora tips.

Still don't want shrimps if I can avoid it. (sorry to the shrimp gods)
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I would use a 25watt Hydor for that size tank and skip the magnet. Easy enough to keep the walls clean.

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Hi there & welcome back to the hobby

50W heater sounds like overkill but I understand Hydor to be a dependable brand so maybe that's not a big issue.

The Spec tank is pretty stout which can make growing taller plants a pain but I've had success with Rotala (sp. h'ra), it doesn't grow too fast or get way too tall. Also- I like Christmas moss but would personally suggest staying away from java moss.

The newer Specs come equipped with pretty powerful light so you should be able to grow any plant you like.

I bought the inTank brand acrylic media basket (via Amazon) which is overpriced imo but I would still recommend it.

For stocking- Endlers, scarlet badis, chili rasboras, a betta, or a pea puffer


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I just ordered some java moss- is it a hassle in lo tech? Thanks

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I just ordered some java moss- is it a hassle in lo tech? Thanks

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I don't think I'd go so far as to call it a hassle. I don't like it's haphazard growth pattern and it's habit of breaking apart easily, It can get to looking a little too messy for my tastes. I'm a big fan of moss in general and It's just my least favorite moss. It should grow well for you in low tech.


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