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Maniscalco Aquascape Fluval V Spec Questions

I went browsing through the "let me see some FLUVAL SPEC V'S" thread and instantly became smitten by this design by Maniscalco Aquascape.

It seems like they're no longer present on the site to answer any questions, so I thought I'd ask the community (because I'm still a newb) if they can speculate any specs with this tank. I assume it would need CO2. Can anyone guess what the plants, substrate (wondering if it has nutrients), and rocks are?

I think I can identify some as anubias, christmas moss, and neon tetras.

I'm definitely inspired to update my own aquascape and look into CO2 again, but I'd rather keep a single betta than any school of fish in a 5 gal.

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Most likely using CO2, as the growth is very full and lush. Planting wise there is Hydrocotyle Tripartita, Anubias, Bucephalandra, Staurogyne Repens, HC Cuba, Alternanthera, Helanthium Tenellum and Rotala Wallichii. I could easily be wrong about some of these so hopefully someone more experienced can have a look.

Rocks are Dragon Stone, and I'd guess they are using a nutrient substrate in the planted areas.

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Most likely using CO2, as the growth is very full and lush. Planting wise there is Hydrocotyle Tripartita, Anubias, Bucephalandra, Staurogyne Repens, HC Cuba, Alternanthera, Helanthium Tenellum and Rotala Wallichii. I could easily be wrong about some of these so hopefully someone more experienced can have a look.

Rocks are Dragon Stone, and I'd guess they are using a nutrient substrate in the planted areas.

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Looks like cryptocoryne albida red as well

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Most likely using CO2, as the growth is very full and lush. Planting wise there is Hydrocotyle Tripartita, Anubias, Bucephalandra, Staurogyne Repens, HC Cuba, Alternanthera, Helanthium Tenellum and Rotala Wallichii. I could easily be wrong about some of these so hopefully someone more experienced can have a look.

Rocks are Dragon Stone, and I'd guess they are using a nutrient substrate in the planted areas.

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These definitely look right and there is also what looks like mini christmas moss and marsilea hirsute too.
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I'm kind of in love with this tank as well. I love the use of space with all the different layers of plants in such a small tank.

The red plant looks more like a stem plant than a rosette so I was thinking Alternanthera reineckii 'Pink' instead of Cryptocoryne albida Ďredí.
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I dont know if this would help at all but i just started a 2.5 planted with co2. I am using the 20g fluval kit with a new difuser and a bubble counter it works just as I wanted, and you can get disposable cartiridges 16g 30 for 30$
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Can someone give me a run down of all the fish present in his aquarium? I recognize the neon tetras and tiger endlers, but wasn't sure on the other fish. Are those lampeye killis? Thanks
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Can someone give me a run down of all the fish present in his aquarium? I recognize the neon tetras and tiger endlers, but wasn't sure on the other fish. Are those lampeye killis? Thanks
The other two are Galaxy Rasboras and and some type of pseudomogil rainbow I believe.
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The other two are Galaxy Rasboras and and some type of pseudomogil rainbow I believe.
I think I spot both pseudomugil luminatus and pseudomugil gertrudae in there.
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I've really been inspired by the layout of the tank for my own 5 gallon, but not so much the livestock; for a 5 gallon, this seems really overstocked.
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I've really been inspired by the layout of the tank for my own 5 gallon, but not so much the livestock; for a 5 gallon, this seems really overstocked.
Not really. There's about a dozen nano fish in there, a nerite and maybe a couple of red cherry shrimp. And it's a heavily planted tank.

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Not really. There's about a dozen nano fish in there, a nerite and maybe a couple of red cherry shrimp. And it's a heavily planted tank.
Isn't there schools of 5 different fish species in there?

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The endlers would be fine OR a small school of CPDs could be fine, but the neons and pseudomugil rainbows certainly aren't.

I'd imagine that they were just put in for the photos, but that tank is definitely overstocked and does not provide the necessary space for most of those fish to thrive, although they may survive. They don't appear to have the correct numbers for shoaling either.

There's more to stocking than what the filter/plants can handle.
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At one point I had 9 Emerald Dwarf Raspboras (unknowingly) in a 7 gallon cube tank. I didn't realize there were that many in there, I thought I only had 2-3 in there, but I also couldn't figure out why my plants were THRIVING. Turns out EDR are incredible at hiding and I dislike them for that. Also they do well with overstocking in a well-planted tank.

I think at one point I also had 6 EDR in there, along with some Heterandria Formosa (3-5 I'm guessing?), and a Dwarf Gourami. They got along fine, and the plants did a little too well.

All I'm saying is that if things are balanced right, overstocking isn't the end of the world. Would I recommend as many fish as are in the original pic? No. But small tanks can support a pretty surprising bioload if managed correctly.
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