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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Spec V Filtration

What is everybody running in theirs? I'm running mine bone stock for now. I've been thinking about modding it a bit.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 09:13 PM
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Mine is a beta tank so I run the stock pump on low. I've also drilled a few holes in the stock hose to circulate water in that chamber since I keep my heater in there. Makes sure it's warm water being pumped out and not cold.
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Mine is a beta tank so I run the stock pump on low. I've also drilled a few holes in the stock hose to circulate water in that chamber since I keep my heater in there. Makes sure it's warm water being pumped out and not cold.
That's a good idea. I can't get my tank temp above 76*. I have tried every single heater that will fit in that chamber over the last few years.

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All stock for me. One home to betta (spec V) and the other home to RCS (spec 3).

Will need to drill those holes as suggested @bsantucci, next WC

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That's a good idea. I can't get my tank temp above 76*. I have tried every single heater that will fit in that chamber over the last few years.
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All stock for me. One home to betta (spec V) and the other home to RCS (spec 3).

Will need to drill those holes as suggested @bsantucci, next WC
You'll both see the water temps even out right away. I did about 5 holes with a small drill bit. Just enough to get it moving a bit. My tank sits at 80 with ease and just a 25W heater.
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I have the stock lights as I only have low light plants in it, but I have Seachem Matrix, Purigen and some extra filter floss in it instead of the ceramic media and carbon. I too have my heater in the pump area, and without the holes one side a degree or two warmer (happy Betta) and the other side is cooler (happy RCS).

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I have the stock lights as I only have low light plants in it, but I have Seachem Matrix, Purigen and some extra filter floss in it instead of the ceramic media and carbon. I too have my heater in the pump area, and without the holes one side a degree or two warmer (happy Betta) and the other side is cooler (happy RCS).

I assume you have the matrix in the bottom, then purigen, then filter floss??

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I assume you have the matrix in the bottom, then purigen, then filter floss??
I actually have the foam block that came with it. I jammed extra foam next to the intakes so that nothing can swim through them, then the top hole filled with a bag of purigen, then matrix in a sack filling the second hole, then because there was a gap I added extra matrix below the foam block with some filter floss under it.

My water is VERY clear and I have excellent readings despite being a teeny bit overstocked.

Because I have a load of RCS I only change about 15% of the water about once a week. I had a bunch of shrimp die when I did a big water change once and now I am paranoid.
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Mine is a beta tank so I run the stock pump on low. I've also drilled a few holes in the stock hose to circulate water in that chamber since I keep my heater in there. Makes sure it's warm water being pumped out and not cold.
Thanks for the holes tip. I drilled 3 holes with the smallest bit I had and tank is now up to 78*.
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Thanks for the holes tip. I drilled 3 holes with the smallest bit I had and tank is now up to 78*.
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I have drill bits ranging from 1/32 to 1/2 inch. could somebody tell me the size bit they used? Thank you.

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I have drill bits ranging from 1/32 to 1/2 inch. could somebody tell me the size bit they used? Thank you.
I used 1/32" and drilled 3 holes. They were so small I had to wobble it around just a bit because the holes were closing on themselves. I used the smallest bit my pack had. The holes I drilled are so small you could barely see them.

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I have a hydor 50w in the outflow compartment and never had a problem with temperature even without holes. Contemplating if I should bother drilling holes. I could get it over 80F if needed just have to turn it up slightly higher. Highly recommend the heater.
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I run the Tetra HT10. It says it is 50W, but I'm doubting that. I'm at a smooth 78* now.

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I was thinking about putting my cobalt neo-therm heater inside, but was worried since the heater was touching the housing walls. The cobalt instructions say to not let anything touch the heater. Thoughts?

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