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|12-05-2016 07:27 PM|
|guvmarley||I have the spec V and am considering removing the filter wall completely and upgrading to a canister. I feel like I've seen someone do that around here. It'd be nice to have the extra space used up by the sponge. I've had mine for over a year and have been slowly making modifications. It's such a great first-time tank to learn on.|
|11-24-2016 03:20 AM|
My very slight modifications are very simple.. I needed a little more light at one point (and will again - I'm in the process of changing the plants in this tank) so I added some extra LED's that I had laying around from an old Top Fin 20g kit. I also just used clear packing tape to make the hole smaller since there was a lot of water spraying up into the light from the air pump I'm running. I was worried the chemicals in the tape could harm the fish/snails/shrimp/plants but I've run this for 2+ months with no issues. See pics for more info.
|09-27-2016 11:59 PM|
Originally Posted by brandy3392 View Post
|09-08-2016 04:48 PM|
Fluval Spec V - REMOVE PUMP OUTLET TUBE
Hello all, would it be possible to remove the pump outlet tube completely? I imagine water would rise in that chamber....
1. Enlarge the outlet hole?
2. Seal the top of the chamber to direct the water out of the current hole? (Hard to do if there is a water heater cord)
Am I off base? I am not a home and looking at my Spec V.. thoughts??
|06-04-2016 09:24 PM|
|brandy3392||I use a piece of non-adhesive shelf liner to cover the hole in the lid of my Spec tanks. The shelf liner is clear, flexible vinyl (or plastic?) with a ribbed texture to it. It does not seem to affect tank lighting, and is heavy enough to stay in place on its own. I cut a little hole in mine to make feeding easier. I'm sure there are better solutions, but this was cheap, easy, and doesn't look too bad. It also greatly reduces evaporation and keeps the water much warmer. I paid about $6 for a large roll at Target.|
|04-12-2016 02:37 PM|
|daffyfish||Any type of plastic or glass will diffuse the light a bit. But, shouldn't be a big concern. You could just buy a piece of plexiglass and use a dremel to cut the slots. Or maybe, cut a piece of light diffuser (egg crate) to fit.|
|04-11-2016 04:43 PM|
Stumbled across this forum & thread as I got a new Spec V for my african dwarf frogs. They were a gift - came in one of those little tiny plastic cubes. They needed a new home! Got them finally set up in the Fluval and they are so happy. But then today I saw one of them trying to squeeze through the lower opening to the filter side! Ack!
So found the suggestion about the electrical tape - BRILLIANT. Never would have thought it would stick when wet but it did! I only covered about 3/4 of it just in case the water level ever drops before I notice it. More than enough coverage to prevent the little fellas from entering the black hole to death.
Then I saw the suggestion to reduce flow by putting nylon over the black return valve. BRILLIANT! Found an old pair of knee-highs and cut off the thicker top part, rubber banded it across the valve, and boom - about 1/4 of the flow that was coming out. (though I kind of think they were having fun taking the Rapids Ride, as I was calling it)
NOW - I haven't found any good suggestions yet about how to cover the hole so my little sweeties can't end up dehydrated on my desk. They haven't tried to jump out yet, but I plan to give them floating plants at the top, which would give them the perfect springboard if they ever thought the grass could be greener elsewhere. I don't want to restrict the light. If I put a solid piece of plexiglass over the opening, would that adversely affect the tank? Ideally I'd like a clear plastic piece with slots, but I have no idea where to find such a thing. I wrote to Fluval, and they basically replied "nope, we have nothing and have no suggestions for you."
Thanks for such a great thread!
|03-08-2016 04:41 PM|
Originally Posted by The Big Buddha View Post
|02-16-2016 01:56 AM|
|The Big Buddha||
Very nice bk-201.
What are you using to hold the plant in the back?
|02-16-2016 01:28 AM|
|embryoguy||anyone use the satellite , single row led 18 inch fixture for the spec 5?|
|02-12-2016 12:52 AM|
Fluval Spec 3 Setup
Here are some pics of my setup;
|02-10-2016 02:37 PM|
Originally Posted by MoreyFan View Post
I also just fabricated a little pothos plant holder out of egg crate that sits perfectly in the back chamber, I'll monitor the roots so that it wont come close to clogging the pump.
|02-10-2016 07:07 AM|
Originally Posted by BK-201 View Post
|02-09-2016 04:00 PM|
Originally Posted by Bebbie View Post
Has anyone used one of these? I really want more space so I'm thinking of removing the compartment.
Any other ideas for a filter once removing the compartment? My tank is for a betta, but I hate the way it is set up stock.
|02-09-2016 03:03 PM|
Originally Posted by MoreyFan View Post
As for the pump it was able to fit in the back chamber with room to spare, it's able to orient itself in different positions making mounting very easy. Although the pump is a bit smaller than the original it's heavier/beefier and very well made, also the stock hose fits on the pump no problem. The flow is much stronger compared to the original so much that it significantly lowered the water level in the back chamber by 1.5".
The mount that the pump comes with is was too big to fit so I made my own using; scrap plexiglas, the stock foam, the suction cups the pump came with and zip-ties. I drilled 6 holes in the plexiglas 4 of which are for the suction cups and the remaing 2 is for the zip-tie, I used the stock foam to surround the pump to dampen the vibration (Pump is very quiet regardless) then I zip-tied the pump with the foam to the plexiglas. I made sure that the holes for the suction cups were smaller than normal to ensure that they would not come out.
(Pictures below are not from my setup)
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