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Old 04-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #1 
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Fluval Spec V - could use some suggestions!

Ok so sorry for the terrible pics, but here is what I have so far! I am sure my tank is gonna be a mess for a bit with the tannins but the fish seems happy! I moved him in last night after adding the Monapi wood and two Anubias. The floating log will probably come out when I add more plants. I just wanted him to have something to hide in up top until the tank is done.

I would love to hear suggestions for what other plants to add and if you think my placement is ok for the wood. For plants I really like Anubias, the Java Fern Windelov, and maybe water Wisteria, but am open to other options. Once my Salvinia grows more in my other tank I will add some of that to this one too. I should prob also add moss since I want to eventually add shrimp to this tank too once it is done cycling.

I was also thinking of getting a better light (I HATE having to uncrew this one and take it off each time...what a PAIN! Does anyone have a diff one to recommend? I was thinking of the Marineland ML Double Bright LED Light, 18-Inch to 24-Inch?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #2 
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looks great so far! I would actually stick to rhizome and rosette plants in this tank~ plants like java fern, crypts and dwarf varieties of amazon swords would look great!

if yo do moss, definitely tie it to the wood!
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #3 
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I love the Spec V! I actually got two smaller Specs afterward. I have similar to what Aokashi recommends in my V. You are off to a good start.
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Is that the stock light? You have to unscrew it every time? That seems whack.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:20 PM   #5 
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Looks great! Well done.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:56 PM   #6 
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Thaks everyone! I am trying to find some moss to tie onto a log. I am not having much luck though. Guess I am gonna have to order online. Same goes for other plants. All the lps by me have snail infestations, sick plants, or nothing but high light stuff other than anubias. I woul love dwarf water lettuce too if I can find it. Or red root floaters.

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Is that the stock light? You have to unscrew it every time? That seems whack.
Yup! It stinks! Not very bright either as you can see. I think I am gonna upgrade. I lube the look of this tank but honestly wouldn't recommend it. Wish I bought another evolve (should have gotten the 8). That has a nice light that swivels out of he way ND more room in the hidden back part for a heater and thermometer. Honestly if I had not already set it up and modified the filteer I would have returned it :( I do love the way it looks though. Oh well.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #7 
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i do not with my LED, it fits in the slot without much trouble, and the screw does not do anything IME.
you can get the Fluval Mini power 13V
http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Po...I25QJJ8SL3BJOU
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #8 
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Or this one?

http://www.finnex.net/index.php?page...hk=1&Itemid=61

The appeal sort of gets lost for me if I have to buy another light. At that price point, I will wait for the Mr. Aqua 6.6 bookshelf to stop selling as a kit.

More research!
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:15 PM   #9 
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looks amazing!!! to me all that pain is worth it. with LED's your plants will grow like crazy. so i would stick with it :)
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #10 
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I have my Fluvals on a windowsill facing southern exposure so I am not worried about higher light. Fluval has a nice upgrade light tho I do not know how long it is.
I purchased nine dwarf water lettuce and it has tripled by giving off babies in just a couple months. Even babies are having babies!! I really like it!!
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