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Intro post + Fluval 5 Spec

Hi Everyone,

I'm Jon and I'm a former aquarium hobbyist (back in the rec.aquaria days, if anyone still knows what that means). I worked at a few shops here in Atlanta while in college then came family, career and other things so I gradually got out of it and sold off all of my equipment.

Then a few weeks ago I noticed the slick little Fluval Spec 5 at a local shop and couldn't resist. It's currently stocked with generic plastic stuff, gravel and a beta and cory. I will eventually convert it to a planted tank but want to read up here first.

One quick question (feel free to tell me to just read more!!) is about the stock lighting. The standard LED seems quite bright, just not sure if it provides enough in plant friendly wavelength. Are others running the stock lights?
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I use it, but my impression is that its not super great for high light plants. I have a couple of stems of A. reinicki under my stock light and theyre just frozen, even growing algae on the leaves, even though I'm dosing ferts AND injecting CO2. On the other hand, my hygro is doing great, my S. Repens is alright and my monte carlo has actually bounced back and started throwing out runners! So the answer, unfortunately, is that it really depends on what you want to grow.
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