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Fluval nano build.

So I won this Fluval Spec V in a raffle and after looking up some images of them decked out. I kept seeing beautiful green aquatic landscapes from this site and wanted to go this route. I had a bad experience with a planted tank awhile back, but after 4 years of reef tanks, I figured I
was ready to try again. I started off by using fluorite black sand as the substrate. And kept with low light friendly plants as a start. I was really excited to try a landscape style in this tank and have it look classy. My hope is to put in a school of cardinal tetras. I was wanting an electric blue ram but feel that it would be too small for the guy.
The light is going to be replaced and as I swap out other pieces I'll need help knowing the particulars but im excited to start
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That looks really nice! Can't wait to see it with fish!

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I think the plant in the front/left should be moved to the back left. It feels just..off..but otherwise..I love those rocks! Show em off.
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I absolutely agree! I was looking at it when I got home from work today. So that's gonna happen tonight. Also it's way more clear now. I didn't wash the fluorite sand. I just added the water using air pump tubbing So it was super slow filling it but it worked out well. But now I'm moving that plant and may stir it up a bit. I like this whole planted tank thing so far
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So I moved the plant and added my daughters betta to the tank so it can add some nutrients, until I buy some fish for the tank.
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Neon Tetras would be a better bet than Cardinals. They need a lot less room but they look nearly the same, so you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference, but the fish would be happier.

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New plants. And a new light come tomorrow. Probably the Finnex planted led light. I'm also opting to not use CO2 for now. I'm thinking of using flourish excel instead.
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Here is the current FTS
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Alright I think I need to wait for pics till it clears. lol. Here is a better one
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Here it is
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I swapped out the stock led bar for two 13w 6500k CFL bulbs. Now the tank is brightly lit and the colors are popping! This pic shows better color rendition but not the increase in intensity. I kept the old bar for its moonlights
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Great start!!
Make sure that the java fern is all the way out of the soil. It will die if not. You can tie it to a rock or piece of wood and it will attach itself. Also get co2 in there,liquid or gas, it doesn't matter, the glosso, combomba and the red plant will all benefit from that.
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Good to know about the Java ferns. I did not know that. And I'm buying liquid CO2 tomorrow after work.
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to keep the ludwigia red, make sure you have enough iron in the tank. I might have overdosed with my dirted tank because my cabomba caroliniana is showing tinges of red on its new fans
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