Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: West Chester, PA
My 2.6g Planted Betta Tank: Day 1 vs. Day 35
Hello all, this is my first post so go easy on me! Glad I found this forum though, it seems very active and informative.
This is my Fluval Spec III Tank after just over a month, and I'm pretty happy with the progress. Below is the set-up, and any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!
Mechanical: OEM 8.9w LED light, KollerCraft TOM Nano Filter, Aqueon 10w mini water heater
Bio Filter: OEM Fluval Sponge, Charcoal, & bio media - I still run the filtration system that came with the tank to maintain a healthy bio filter, but the KollerCraft filter is much more effective at light water circulation.
Ferts: API Pure Laterite, API c02/Leaf Zone dosing (syringes for dosing are to the left)
Flora: Dwarf Hairgrass (carpet someday?), [please help ID background plant!]
Fauna: 1 Male Koi Betta, 3 Ghost Shrimp, and 1 Horned Nerita Snail
Overall Review: The Spec III is a beautiful tank, but it has flaws right out of the box. I hated the overflow filter, so I added an internal; the OEM water circulation pump is too powerful for a Betta, so I deadened the water flow with sponge filter media; and the light is extremely powerful, so algae blooms can happen very fast if you leave it on too long (as with any tank). Other than that, I love it.
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