Been having this discussion in my head for some time now (the voices, THE VOICES!)
The 2.5 is a great size and shape (long instead of tall) but I can't build one with a decent light & filter for any better price than the spec - and the spec looks "put together" for my desk at work, know what I mean? The Spec V looks fantastic, but might be a little big and get a little too much attention at the office.
That's exactly my dilemma! I don't mind buying all the pieces is need but it would look a little sloppy. I just love the wide shape, it makes it so much easier to decorate and I'd be able to fit quite a few more shrimp in there! Suh a hard choice.
JBJ Picotpe would be my vote in the price range. I owned the Spec, and while I loved it was an all in one unit, I did not like that it isn't a true rimless (metal strips on the front glass) and I did have to upgrade the light. The space isn't as useable as the picotope either, I prefer a wide rather than tall tank.
Exactly where I ordered from. They also have a 6500K replacement lamp you will want to use instead of the 50/50 bulb supplied. Should get you to free shipping. The HOB, while a bad color (purple), actually does a very good job for its size. I would probably run an AC20 on it though if it wasnt a simple betta tank for me.
Well dammit the credit card is coming out then Was lusting after the Spec V but that seemed just a little to long for the office, this should make a nice shrimp/plant tank! (the light is probably a little more suited to plants to - going for low light anubis and what-not)
DONE! order placed, I'll be looking for shrimp in the trading room in a month or 2
Last edited by jbrady33; 07-11-2012 at 08:54 PM.