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03-09-2014 11:59 PM
Deflected I went ahead and bought the skimmer with the media basket. It has only been in for one day, but the skimming is definitely better!
02-17-2014 06:50 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by Deflected View Post
In my experience and research, would say that you CAN run the Spec with no mods, but the skimming is lacking and the heater compartment does not get a lot of flow.
If you're worried about skimming, a guy here named mart stumbled across a pretty nifty add-on that apparently helps. Cheap, too:

http://shop.mediabaskets.com/Fluval-...mmer-FLSSS.htm
02-17-2014 01:39 PM
Lowcountry
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Originally Posted by Deflected View Post
In my experience and research, would say that you CAN run the Spec with no mods, but the skimming is lacking and the heater compartment does not get a lot of flow.
I have the fluval 25watt in my spec V. I have done no mods The heater took a few days to get the temp up--due to the poor flow. But, once it was up, it maintains just fine. I can see how cutting a hole in the line would help with circulation for getting the temp up, but once it's up, it seems fine.
02-17-2014 12:57 PM
Deflected
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There's no need to cut any holes (or plug any). It CAN work that way, but it's certainly not necessary. Lots of people in the main Spec thread have heaters in that compartment with zero modifications made, and they're doing fine.
In my experience and research, would say that you CAN run the Spec with no mods, but the skimming is lacking and the heater compartment does not get a lot of flow.
02-17-2014 07:30 AM
kman There's no need to cut any holes (or plug any). It CAN work that way, but it's certainly not necessary. Lots of people in the main Spec thread have heaters in that compartment with zero modifications made, and they're doing fine.
02-17-2014 01:39 AM
Deflected I have been running a Hydor 25w heater in the small compartment for over a year now. If you cut a small hole in the return tube, it works great. The only way I can see people having problems is if they don't cut the hole for circulation. I plugged the hole in the bottom to make the water go over the overflow more. You have to keep an eye on the water level mover, but the surface skimming is a lot better. When I go on vacation, I just fill the tank up all the way to prevent the water level from getting too low. You can see the top of the heater through the frosted glass on the right side of the picture.
02-17-2014 01:20 AM
Octantis I have a Hydor 25w into spec 3 in that secret compartment. The thermometer shows the right temp. Is it most efficient? Probably not. Does it work? Yep.
01-13-2014 06:02 PM
Mirkinator I just got the Spec V and I love it! I am using the
Fluval 25w heater Fluval 25w heater
, it is a little pricey, but it really fits in with the decor. The water flow by the water pump is a lot lower then i would have liked, so I just placed it in the corner. Can barely tell its there.
01-10-2014 05:27 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by frankiefire702 View Post
I have the Hydor Theo 25 watt. No need for suction cups even. It fits snug in the pump compartment.
Interesting. You're the second person I've heard report they're using that heater in the past 2 days. The reviews on Amazon are not very encouraging, however. Lots of horror stories there. Not sure I want to roll those dice, even though it's clearly working well for many, also.
01-10-2014 11:47 AM
frankiefire702
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Which heater do you have in there?
I have the Hydor Theo 25 watt. No need for suction cups even. It fits snug in the pump compartment.
01-09-2014 09:41 PM
jrh My spec is at work, so that little water intake at the bottom has saved my pump many a time.
01-09-2014 09:27 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by frankiefire702 View Post
Same here. I have a 25 watt in the pump compartment and my tank stays at a steady 78 degrees. This is on a spec2.
Which heater do you have in there?
01-09-2014 09:03 PM
frankiefire702
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
It depends on how big your heater is, how high the temp is set, and how high your flow rate is set.

I have a small 10w heater in the pump compartment of my Spec 2g (same filtration system on all Spec tanks), and it works great with the flow rate on the lowest setting.
Same here. I have a 25 watt in the pump compartment and my tank stays at a steady 78 degrees. This is on a spec2.
01-09-2014 08:27 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by Steindler63 View Post
Would it be practical to put a heater into the pump compartment on the left side? Is there enough circulation there next to the hose to heat the tank?

Just setting up my first Spec this evening.

Thanks!
It depends on how big your heater is, how high the temp is set, and how high your flow rate is set.

I have a small 10w heater in the pump compartment of my Spec 2g (same filtration system on all Spec tanks), and it works great with the flow rate on the lowest setting.
01-09-2014 08:08 PM
Steindler63
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Originally Posted by difrent7 View Post
I have had my heater in that compartment and it does an okay job of heating the tank from there but usually doesn't disperse that well only good if you are keeping temperature in check for a couple degrees. If I have a big temp drop I would recommend to keep the heater in the main tank because the heat disperses better.
I tried it yesterday. the compartment got very warm, which made the heater switch off when the tank was still cool. Back to the main tank.

Thanks.~Pete
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