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Getting back into the hobby w/ a Fluval Spec V

i just set one of these up last week. It's my first foray into an aquarium in 5 years. Living in an apartment with limited space I wanted something small and clean looking.

I made a couple of mods, first off I replaced the stock light with a Marineland 18" LED fixture, and i also cut the top part of the sponge off so that I could run filter floss above it.

I plan on dosing excel as well as Flourish.

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-1xMale Betta
-2x Ottos

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- Compact amazon sword
- Anubias Nana
- Rotala Idica
- Bacopa
- and I totally forgot what the last one was.



Bump: I forgot to add that I just did a little modification to the marineland light.

I wasn't happy with the way the light spectrum looked, and I wanted a little more light.

To remedy this I added some LED strips, that I got from IKEA, in between the rows of LEDs on the circuit board. In order to do this I had to remove the clear plastic shield, I don't for see this being an issue however.



For now I have the IKEA LEDs hooked into the power supply that came with them. However I plan on getting a higher Ma power supply and splicing them into the plug on the light itself.

The IKEA lights are supposed to be 2700k so it gives the tank a much warmer glow compared to the Marineland fixture by itself which gives off a very white, almost blueish glow.

I also made a simple mod to the filter so that it would actually act as an overflow.

I used two suction cups, one on each side, in order to block the hole that lets water pass into the filter without overflowing.

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Is that a Marineland single bright?

Hate to tell you but that light probably isn't even as bright as the stock light.

Do you know the wattage on the LED strips?
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It's definitely way brighter than stock with just the single bright. The strips are 2.5w for the 3 of them.

The stock light could barely light the tank.


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'Bright' referring to the PAR rating

8 PAR @ 12" for the single bright (LED Lighting Compendium)

Guessing from the wattage the strips might put you in the right PAR range but that color temp is pretty low

Your tank looks great now, just trying to help

An inexpensive solution would be a 23 watt CFL in a reflector
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'Bright' referring to the PAR rating

8 PAR @ 12" for the single bright (LED Lighting Compendium)

Guessing from the wattage the strips might put you in the right PAR range but that color temp is pretty low

Your tank looks great now, just trying to help

An inexpensive solution would be a 23 watt CFL in a reflector
It may very well not be enough, but so far I've seen a faster rate of growth than I was expecting.

I'll probably end up upgrading the lighting when I get my tax return any way.
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I did some trimming and upgraded the light to a Current USA Satellite + Pro.



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Very nice! Is that the shortest Sat+? I wasn't even aware they sold one that would fit the Spec V so nicely.

Hmm... the temptation to pick up a Spec V is growing stronger by the day!
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Yes sir, it's the 18" it fits perfectly


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That's really cool.

Although be wary of your betta jumping, since it looks like you've removed the stock lid. Bettas are jumpers. Natural instinct.

What are those fish you have in there? I see the betta, but there are also some smaller fish that don't look like Otos to me.
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That's really cool.

Although be wary of your betta jumping, since it looks like you've removed the stock lid. Bettas are jumpers. Natural instinct.

What are those fish you have in there? I see the betta, but there are also some smaller fish that don't look like Otos to me.
I also have 2 ottos, 6 galaxy rasboras, and some cherry shrimp.

I've have plenty of bettas before with open tops and never had a problem. Every time he's startled he dives for the plants so I think he'll be fine.
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Nice upgrade!
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I'm thinking about the same light how do you like it so far?
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I'm thinking about the same light how do you like it so far?

I just put it on yesterday so it's hard to say. The intensity is awesome though. I really like the built in timer. The adjustability on the color of the light is cool. I do think the separate modes like the Lightning and overcast are a bit cheesy IMO.


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The lightning mode is kind of joke for 99% of us, but it turns out there are a few species of fish that only spawn during lightning storms. So amazingly enough, it has utility moreso than just showing off something useless. If you happen to be in the 1% that are trying to breed those fish, that is.

Otherwise, most of the dynamic modes are useless. Except the moon mode is nice, as is the sunrise/sunset mode.

The lights really come into their own if you add a controller, though, that can change modes automatically for you. Then you can actually have those modes every day, without standing their with the remote in your hand. My enjoyment has skyrocketed since I got my controller up and running.
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What kind of controller did you get?


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