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Planting a Fluval Spec III

Picked up Fluval Spec III as a little gift to me. Ordered an early Christmas present, a CO2 kit, and ordered some new plants. Hope to have this up and running tomorrow with the few plants I currently have.
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This is the tank out of the box with the media. Tomorrow I wash and flood.

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The Spec III is a fun little tank. Here are two past versions of my Spec III. Can you tell that I like the jungle look?



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Looks good. I can't wait to fully plant this tank. I have a few plants from my 1.5g, waiting on orders for more.
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So I flooded the tank today. Substrate is Fluval Statum.
More plants coming in mail. No where near done, just starting.


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Substrate: Fluval Stratum
Plants: A.Reneckii, rotala rotundifolia, java moss
Driftwood: spider wood
Heater: 20Watt TopFin
Filter: Fluval internal media with sponge and bio rings
Light: Fluval stock light
CO2: GLA mini SS on it's way
Ferts: Thrive Shrimp on it's way
Parameters: currently cycling
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Glad to see that bit of spiderwood find a good home.

RWaters - It seems like the new Spec lights can get mid-high light plants what they need. Were your previous Spec tanks this type, or the older ones?


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I can only grow plants when they're completely under water. Everything else is doomed.
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Plants have really perked up since being in this tank.

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Got my Thrive S today, plants are looking good, all perked up and red. Must be doing something right. Lights on 2pm-10pm. Waiting on CO2 still.
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Did the top fin fit in the little compartment in the back? I ordered a heater that was supposed to fit. I can't remember the name, but it will be here tomorrow. I've got some anubias in mine on some driftwood. It will be primarily moss that hopefully has Gertrude rainbow eggs in it. It's a great look little package for sure. I couldn't believe the light was so bright. I'm on my doing a 6 hour photoperiod.

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Yes, the Top Fin heater fits in the back and is keeping the tank at a steady 78F.
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Yes, the Top Fin heater fits in the back and is keeping the tank at a steady 78F.
Here's a photo of what I have so far.

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That grew in really nicely! Did you have to modify anything due to the back compartment's design? I heard of people drilling holes. I don't want to mess with anything on this tank. I'll stick it up front before I take a drill to it. Are you using a temp controller? Have you added fish yet?

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That grew in really nicely! Did you have to modify anything due to the back compartment's design? I heard of people drilling holes. I don't want to mess with anything on this tank. I'll stick it up front before I take a drill to it. Are you using a temp controller? Have you added fish yet?
No modifications made and don't see a need to. I don't have a temp controller, just the TopFin heater in the back filter. No fish yet as the tank is still cycling and I'll be setting up CO2 this weekend. I really like this tank and the light is pretty good so far. Nice small tank. Even the flow is adjustable and low setting is pretty low flow. Haven't tried on high yet, no need to.
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No modifications made and don't see a need to. I don't have a temp controller, just the TopFin heater in the back filter. No fish yet as the tank is still cycling and I'll be setting up CO2 this weekend. I really like this tank and the light is pretty good so far. Nice small tank. Even the flow is adjustable and low setting is pretty low flow. Haven't tried on high yet, no need to.
I've got mine on high and there really isn't anything in there to slow the flow and it's pretty low... good enough, but I wouldn't put it at anything other than high. Maybe I got a weak pump. I heard stories about it blowing betta's around. Mine would barely blow brine shrimp around. I got the Hydor and it fits really well.
Wow so it grew in like that without C02 and you were still able to keep an 8 hour photoperiod? That's going to look incredible once you get the C02 going.

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