Fluval Spec V

 

Fluval Spec V

I started setting up the Fluval Spec V in August of 2020. Originally I was planning on bringing this to my office after the pandemic, but at this point I think I will be working mostly remote so I’ll keep this home. It’s taken a while to figure out which fish to keep in this tank. Luckily I had other tanks so I could rehome the fish that didn’t work out. I ended up settling on a dwarf puffer, kuhli loach, and red cherry shrimp. I haven’t seen any aggression from the puffer against any of the shrimp. He did start trying to attack a nerite snail, so I moved the snail to another tank. Along the way, I also tried a scarlet badis and sparkling gouramis, both of which I ended up moving to my 30 gallon planted tank. I also tried some micro rasbora which are now in my 20 gallon rock planted tank.

Hardware:

Aquarium: Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
Lighting/Filter: Included in Fluval Spec
Algae Scrapper: KASAN Algae Scraper
Heater: Aqueon Aquarium 50W Heater
Fertilizer: Seachem Flourish Excel

Inhabitants:

Dwarf Puffer with Cherry ShrimpDwarf Puffer
Kuhli Loach
Red Cherry Shrimp
Thai Micro Crabs
Ludwigia
Java Fern
Java Moss
Anubias
Cryptocoryne
Subwassertang

 

 

Planted Fluval Spec VIn order to help disperse the weight of the rock and wood, under the substrate I added white egg crate in the bottom. For substrate, I used dirt and capped it with gravel. The dirt has definitely helped the rooted plants grow healthier. I also dose the tank once a day with Seachem Flourish Excel for the plants. I’ve been very impressed with the Fluval Spec overall. I wasn’t sure how the plants would do with the stock lighting, but I haven’t had any complaints about the growth. I’m not keeping any high light plants in the aquarium which I’m sure helps.

In the beginning I kept up with weekly water changes, but as time went on I started slacking off, but even with that I haven’t seen any negative side affects with water chemistry. I’m not necessarily recommending skipping water changes, but I think in an established planted aquarium there’s a little more leeway.

 

Setting up
Setting up
Fluval Spec V Sept 2020
September 2020
Ludwigia
Ludwigia
Fluval Spec V Oct 2020
October 2020
Red Cherry Shrimp
Red Cherry Shrimp
Fluval Spec V Nov 2020
November 2020
Fluval Spev V Mar 2021
March 2021
Thai Micro Crab
Thai Micro Crab
Dwarf Puffer
Dwarf Puffer