Questions on planting/decorating fluval spec v

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by bettamars, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    I think I'm going to get a fluval spec v as a planted tank for a betta and want to know what plants would work in there with the low light. Also with decorating, I'd like to know if polished stones like these are okay for aquariums because I really like them.

    Or are there any types of polished stones I could look for that are okay for aquariums if I boil/rinse them (if that's safe) like amethyst, Quartz, etc?

    Any recommendations on substrate (maybe a plant substrate since I don't want gravel or any light colored substrate)?

    I will be getting a small piece of driftwood for the aquarium and some zen type ornaments (I want to find a cool elephant sculpture or something because I think that would be kind of zen looking).
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2015
  2. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Here is an article that will help with the plants
    I can't really help with the stones as I don't have experience with those polished stones. Although I have used rocks/stones from the beach and they have worked very well. Are you wanting to use planted substrates? You can use any kind of substrate for plants with just some root tabs without having to spend the extra money. But if you do want the planted substrates there's fluorite, floramax, and Eco compete. I have used flourite and it as worked very well.

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  3. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the link! On mobile it shows up as a thread about a bunny though... haha I searched it on google and found that link though.

    I found this substrate by Eco complete and I like its look:

    Is it possible to not use root tabs or are there plants I should avoid because of their need for root tabs? I plan on getting a snail tankmate for my betta (will be moved to my 20g if he/she so much as flares at it) and I've read that root tabs can hurt inverts. I know that Amazon swords need root tabs, but I won't be getting them anyway since I've read that they'll take over a 5g quickly.

  4. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Haha yeah on mobile it brings up a thread about a rabbit lol. That sand is fine. Root tabs won't harm any snails. Some plants require root tabs because they are heavy root feeders such as many crypts and swords. Yeah I wouldn't get a sword cause it will outgrow your 5 gallon very quickly. But it depends on the plants. Many plants are water column feeders and benefit from liquid fertilizers like Seachem flourish, or API leaf zone.

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  5. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Yeah I was planning on Seachem flourish and maybe Seachem excel. What root tabs would you recommend? I think the Seachem ones are a bit overpriced for the amount they give you.
  6. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    You can also use osmocote root tabs I think.

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  7. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Well if I went with some (or all?) of these what would I need? I'm on a bit of a budget and want as low cost as possible :p and the fluval spec already took up a good chunk of the budget.

    -Brazilian pennywort


    -Java fern (won't plant the rhizome in substrate)

    -anubias (same as Java fern, might attach one or the other to the driftwood though)

    -Marimo moss ball

    -water wisteria

    What would be the requirements for these in terms of ferts?

    Hmm... Not familiar with those I'll look them up.
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  9. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I use oscomote root tabs and they work very well. From the plants that you listed, you won't need root tabs. A liquid fertilizer will work

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  10. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Awesome! Now I hope I can find all of these on Amazon for a decent price. Everything always adds up so fast in fishkeeping. Sometimes I feel like budgets are impossible to get what you really want :p

    Ahh, I've seen these for sale before and they're pretty cheap!
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  11. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Haha yeah, every little thing in this hobby adds up lol

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  12. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Questions on playing/decorating fluval spec v

    Tell me about it... That's why I'm adding bamboo to all my tanks to reduce nitrates so I only have to do water changes every other week, and save my water bill!

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  13. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Like I never knew I was going to be spending this much money lol

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  14. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    Alright so I found a package that has most of the plants I want but instead of hornwort and pennywort, it has moneywort and Java moss. I still like the look of hornwort and pennywort but I have a feeling that I'll have lots of leftover plants and I don't really want to waste them. Do you think I could put leftover plants in a bowl with some dirt and put it on a windowsill to make use? Here are the 3 packages I'm looking at (they're all from the same place so they all ship for 1 price and I can also get a free Marimo moss ball and blue mystery snail for purchasing 3 items from them :p).

    So if I could make a planted glass bowl, could I just use any dirt (even just some from outside so I don't have to buy some?).

    Also, if anyone else comes across this thread and could help, any ideas about the polished stones as aquarium safe or not?

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