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Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:01 pm
Hello, Nice to meet you.

My husband got me a Fluval Spec V for our Anniversary and we are in the process of setting it up. We plan on getting Tetras. We are on the fence about live plants, looking into what would do well for us. I would say we are new to having fish. I had Tropical fish as a kid, but I was not involved in their care. This is our first tank we are setting up and planning out from scratch. We want to learn all we can about keeping fish. So, here I am. I look forward to hanging out in the forums and learning.

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:35 pm
by ScottFish
Welcome to the Forum! You have come to the right place. Don't be afraid of asking a lot of questions; we're here to help, and want to make sure you are off to a great start. How big is your tank?

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:32 pm
Hi! It is a five gallon. Thanks!

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:46 am
by Schmidtsie
My daughter has a Fluval Spec V and it's a great little tank. If you are thinking plants now or in the future I'd buy one bag of Seachem Flourite (Normal, Black, Dark, Red, etc.) which should get you 2.5 to 3 inches of substrate. That would give you enough room for the plants roots.

Besides a good substrate for plants the other key piece is a timer so that the tank lights come on and off at the same time each day. The stock light works fine for very low light plants like anubias, cryptocorynes, java ferns, etc. Which are all fine beginner plants that a lot of us all started with. My daughter had slow growth with a stock light and anubias in her Fluval Spec V with an 8 hour photoperiod.

She has since upgraded the light to a Finnex Fugeray Planted+ and has a small heater in the pump chamber. There's lots of other modifications or tweaks that can be done or not done based on personal preference with the Fluval Spec V.

There's a good summary of advise, modifications or tweaks to get you started that are located all in one place here on Nate's Blog:

I also use dry powder fertilizers and Flourish Excel for my planted tanks. If you have any questions as you get going with your Fluval Spec V just ask. My daughter's in the process of redoing her Spec V and if I have her permission I may create a Journal for it.

Welcome and happy Spec'n!


Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:19 am
by Crazygar
Welcome to the Forum! You'll find that the hobby has changed ten fold since you were a kid (however long that was). I know that I've been in the Hobby since I was 9, making it a whopping 34 years and I can assure you, since I started, it's not even close what it is today.

Ask your questions we are here to help.


Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:30 pm
So, just an update on our tank. The tank cycled excellently with a fishless cycle. We looked at many different fish and even though we thought we were going to get Tetras we fell in love with all these different Fancy Guppies. We looked at different breeders and found ones we really liked. We got 4 males. 2 Black Moscows and 2 Albino Sky Blue Guppies. They are doing wonderful and are fun to watch, so much personality. I am glad we were patient and let the tank do it's thing before getting the fish. I read a lot and asked around, I learned a lot. We are in love with this tank and taking care of it is fun. I do believe we will be getting more tanks in the future, already talking about future tanks. We love these guppies. Anyways, I just wanted to give an update.

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:04 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
That's great! The key to this hobby really is patience. It can make the difference between utter frustration and a life-long love of fishkeeping. Guppies are wonderful. They are one of the first species of fish I ever kept. And you were very wise to get all males to begin with. Because guppies breed so readily and proficiently, some people can be easily overwhelmed if they are new to aquariums. This way you get to enjoy the beauty and behavior of guppies without the instant responsibility of parenthood.

Hope you'll post some photos of your guppies.

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:16 am
by freshfish
Welcome to TFH, and it sounds like you've set up a fantastic little tank!

If you haven't already posted some pics, we'd sure love to see some!

Re: Hello, quick introduction.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:49 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Welcome to the Forum & to the hobby! I can't wait to see some pictures of this tank. :thumb:

I am sure we can help you guys along this journey. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.