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Just set up my new Fluval Spec V. Very cool tank, love the dimensions, build quality is nice. Unique floorplan to work with.

2019 Update

I changed the water before putting in a new betta my kids wanted. Sponge filters in intake and output right now to deal with flow. I changed the pump out to a higher output version a couple years ago, which was fine with no betta. Have a few bucks worth of parts coming in to build a spraybar to distribute flow better but keep current down. Tank continues to be almost no maintenance and has been through three moves now. The Anubias Nana Petite is the original plants from 2013. I pulled them all from the wood, washed it and redistributed the anubias in 2018 after the most recent move and replaced the substrate with Fluval Stratum. Everything settled back in nicely.





Fluval Spec V
Hydor Theo 25w
Current Satellite LED+
FLuval Straum (2018)
Mopani driftwood
Anubias nana petite



2015 Update

This has turned into an ultra lazy tank. No water changes, only top offs with RO for nearly 2 years now. No ferts, no filter cleaning, just occasional trimming of the moss and java.





Original 2013 layout



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New light came in. Lots of fun settings. Manual settings are very bueno as you can manually adjust the RGB and the brightness of the white LED's. Very flexible for future if I ever CO2 or carpet the tank. Replacing the java fern with trident fern when it comes in.

 

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You should add a carpet of some sorts to change things up. Maybe some DHG Belem, or some Downoi would look really nice on the empty space on the right.
I want low/no maintenance. I had the marimo over there but it eventually died off for some reason. Something slow growing but interesting?
 

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With the Current USA LED+, I am doing Microswords, which are very slow growing, after 6+ months its just starting to carpet the area it was initially planted in. I use eco complete for the substrate with root tabs every now and then, no Co2, once a week Seachem Flourish. Even tho it says the Lighting requirements are "High" its fine in medium light, just grows a little slower.

Here is the link for the plant:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/m...Brazilian_Micro_Sword_Lilaeopsis_brasiliensis

Bump: weird.... everytime I hit "Go Advanced" so I can attach a pic of the how it looks in my tank, it "bumps" my previous post.

finally got it to work. So the top pic is maybe at 2 months, bottom at 6
 

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