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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
"MAKING MAGIC IN GLASS BOXES"

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5 Month Update on two Fluval Spec V Low-Tech Nano tanks that were started in early 2015. They are fully planted, nano fish community tanks and these are the first tanks I have ever done in my life. I use the stock low-wattage 7500k LED fluval lights that came with the kit, but all the plants haven been doing great so far because of additional daylight from the windows and the occasional dosing of Seachem Flourish and Excel. Algae issues have been minimal with the addition of Caridinia multidentata. Both tanks are also way overstocked with fish and shrimp species, but the water quality and fish health has been excellent so far with the use of Seachem Matrix, Seachem Stability, Seachem Purigen, and 25% water changes once a week.

If you have any further questions, feel free to let me know and I'll be glad to help. Any feedback or constructive criticism is also welcome because I just started this hobby in February 2015. Since I am also new to this forum, I'll post more pictures, specifications, and new Fluval Spec nano setups (all stock with no mods) along the way. Cheers!

Specifications (Leftside Fluval Spec V Tank)

Hardscape/Substrate:
- Ohko Stone
- Japanese Vinewood
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder

Fauna Species:
- 3x Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)
- 1x Myanmar Black Tiger Dario (Dario sp. 'Myanmar')
- 3x Glowlight Danio (Danio choprai)
- 4x Emerald Dwarf Danio (Celestichthys erythromicron)
- 8x Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus)


Specifications (Rightside Fluval Spec V Tank)

Hardscape/Substrate:
- Yamaya Stone
- Malaysian Driftwood
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder

Fauna Species:
- 4x Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
- 4x Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans)
- 5x Pygmy Cory (Corydoras pygmaeus)
- 2x Neon Rasbora (Sundadanio axelrodi)
- 1x Lampeye Panchax (Aplocheilichthys normani)


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Some of my macro closeup shots (Cell Phone Quality)

Glowlight Danio (Danio choprai)


Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans)


Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)


Pygmy Cory (Corydoras pygmaeus)


Myanmar Black Tiger Dario (Dario sp. 'Myanmar')


Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus)
 

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3 Month Update - Low-tech Fluval Spec 3 Tank

Specifications

Hardscape/Substrate:
- African Driftwood
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder

Fauna Species:
- 1x Juvenile Platinum Gold Rosetail Butterfly Betta (Betta splendens)
- 1x African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri)
- 2x Japonica Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)
- 1x Phoenix Rasbora (Boraras merah)
- 1x Strawberry Rasbora (Boraras naevus)
- 2x Three Spotted Rasbora (Boraras maculatus)
- 3x Mosquito/Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae)


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Wow!

That is really impressive what you have done with the stock light

Your betta looks awesome
 

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No problem! It's going to take a while for me to identify and catalogue what types of plants I have. Thanks everyone for your feedback! As a planted tank newbie, I'm very interested in learning more about this hobby.

Cheers!
 

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Low-tech Fluval Spec Series

Low-light/low-tech 2.0 Gallon Fluval Spec II. WORK IN PROGRESS!

Specifications

Hardscape/Substrate:
- Manten Stone
- Manzanita Twigs
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder


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Low-tech Fluval Spec Series

Got another used Fluval Spec V that is in excellent condition for $15. A lot of people are trying to get rid of these tanks in my community unfortunately. Setting up another nano tank and hopefully I can bring this tank to its full potential. WORK IN PROGRESS!

Specifications

Hardscape/Substrate:
- Ryuoh + Seiryu Stone
- Rosewood
- Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder


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"Enclosed Worlds"

"Enclosed Worlds" - Ecosystems in Glass Boxes


As much as it is challenging to cultivate a healthy and thriving nano tank, there is something fascinating about cultivating multiple miniature ecosystems right in your room – having fish, shrimp, plants, and micro-infusoria thriving in balance with each other inside tiny environments.
 

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Tropica Soil Powder

Can I ask why you use Tropica Spoil powder vs the soil? Is it because of the grain size for a nano tank?
I use the Tropica Powder instead of the soil because my carpeting plants tend to root faster in smaller granules. Because the tanks are all smaller than 5 gallons, a powder sized granule allows for a better sense of scale. Lastly, I chose Tropica Aquarium Powder because it is cheaper than ADA Amazonia soil and it doesn't leech Ammonia like ADA substrates. Cheers!
 

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Thanks everyone for your compliments! I do have some videos but I have not uploaded them to Youtube yet. I am also currently growing a bunch of plants emersed in order to aquascape the farthest right Fluval Spec V tank.
 
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