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post #466 of 512 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 09:42 PM
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Update on Spec III

Plants are doing well. Bought a Halfmoon betta. In the top right is my temporary fix for an overly-powerful filter pump. I've ordered a 10" Finnex Fugeray for the top, Amazon reviews said it fits perfectly. I wanted the Planted+ light, but they don't make it in 10" (except a clip-on that looked impossible to mount to a Spec). The betta is doing fantastic, making a bubble nest his first full day in the tank and happily swimming around and eating all day while I'm at work.
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post #467 of 512 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 01:32 PM
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Ok mine is saltwater but saw this and said what the hell. It's only been up about a month. There is a shrimp hiding in there and 2 hermit crabs and 2 snails. Been looking for a fish but being very careful because I don't have a lid on it at the moment and most of the smaller fish for saltwater are jumpers.
Nice!

I have been wanting to buy a white SpecV for a reef setup. Did you keep the stock pump? What kind of filter media are you running?
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post #468 of 512 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 07:24 PM
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I just added a Finnex FugeRay 10" light to my Spec III. Fits perfectly and at least doubled if not tripled the light in my tank compared to the stock one. I was worried the 7000k lights would be too blue (I prefer a warm-looking planted tank), but they actually look great. I leave the moonlights off because they add too much blue (and the moon's light isn't blue anyway!).

I also got a new inhabitant, a slime mold! Apparently it's harmless. I can actually watch it moving through the day. It started on the ground this morning and is now arching its way across the glass. Those two pictures are about 1.5 hours apart. It's pretty fast.

I'll have to watch how the plants do with this light, and how the algae growth does.
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Nice!

I have been wanting to buy a white SpecV for a reef setup. Did you keep the stock pump? What kind of filter media are you running?
Thanks!

Filtration is only live rock and and the mechanical sponge/carbon that came with the tank. I use media bags and buy my own carbon only run it when I need to. It has some bacteria media to but I would just use that for some GFO or something if phosphates get out of control.

Did swap out the stock pump with a minijet 606. Light is a coral compulsion PAR 30 18k bulb with 90 degree optics.
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post #470 of 512 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 01:05 PM
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Hey all,

I've had a couple Specs and love the look and form-factor but have always found myself wanting to tweak/mod the filtration. So, I finally decided to ditch the whole filter and go with a mattenfilter since I've been so happy with one (and Poret foam filters in general) in my main tank. The stock filter was very easy to remove - just silicone which cleaned up nicely with a razor blade. I used 1" 30ppi Poret and a small Jetlifter from swisstropicals.com, and I cut off the very bottom of the stock filter to use as a "gravel-guard" at the base of the foam. I have the front edge of the foam lined up with the frosted glass edge, and a Hydor Theo fits nicely as does the stock top. The foam is cut just slightly wider than the tank and stays in place by itself. 1" Poret works ok in this tank as it's only 7" wide or so, but in a larger tank the 2" foam is much more stable.





Not sure what I'll use it for, yet!

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Nice work. I'd love for you to put that in the Fluval spec mods thread. A nice copy paste would do fine.

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post #472 of 512 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 04:02 PM
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Thanks Mark - done! I'd add that you could also re-use the Fluval pump and tubing as well, that'd be cool.

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Thanks Mark - done! I'd add that you could also re-use the Fluval pump and tubing as well, that'd be cool.
I've reused it several times hehe. Thanks for doing that.

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post #474 of 512 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 03:11 AM
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Finally rescaped my tank



Don't mind the bamboo regulator I was trying to get the co2 line down near the intake of the pump and use that to diffuse the co2 but couldn't get it to work properly.
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post #476 of 512 (permalink) Old 11-16-2014, 05:13 AM
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Just finished setting up my little Spec 2 gallon.


10 gallon bow-front, Fluval Spec V, 2 gallon Spec
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Nice work. I'd love for you to put that in the Fluval spec mods thread. A nice copy paste would do fine.
Where would that thread be?
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Just set this up a few days ago. Home to three rcs at the moment. Stock light and filter, 25 watt heater, pressurized co2.
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