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03-20-2017 12:01 AM
Science Seuss Thought I'd share how I set up my pump compartment. The heater (1) is a shorty, so it fits above the raised pump. Speaking of the pump (2), I cut about an inch and a half off the pump return hose to raise it up so I could fit the ceramic disk CO2 diffuser (3) under it.


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03-14-2017 01:54 AM
FishRFriendz
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Originally Posted by josecatala View Post
Has anyone tried putting the heater in the intake side of the filter? I have a Neo-Therm 50W that fits in both sides, but I'm more afraid of it melting the output hose. I will be removing the sponge filters that come with it and replace it with Bio rings, and Eheim Substrat pro and filter floss for my mechanical media.
I've got a preset heater i think might fit right in the bottom of the media side. But i think that would mean pulling the power cable up the pump side as i wouldn't want it messing with my media holder. I'm doing ceramic rings and substrat pro, and using cut outs of the original foam rather than floss.

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03-13-2017 11:29 PM
josecatala Has anyone tried putting the heater in the intake side of the filter? I have a Neo-Therm 50W that fits in both sides, but I'm more afraid of it melting the output hose. I will be removing the sponge filters that come with it and replace it with Bio rings, and Eheim Substrat pro and filter floss for my mechanical media.
03-09-2017 09:21 PM
hritchie My mods are:
  • Replaced stock light with Finnex Fugeray 16"
  • Replaced sponge and media in filter compartment with InTank media basket filled with Biohome Biogravel. The holes in the basket were too large for the biogravel so I had to cut a slice of the sponge to use as a stopper for it. I'm going to buy some of that craft canvas I've seen in this thread to replace it.
  • Put Hydor Theo 50W in the pump compartment. The heater wattage is definitely overkill but it's something I already had. I sliced a couple small holes in the output hose and added a Finnex heat controller since I couldn't get the temp lower than 80 and my CPDs don't like that.
  • I HATE the sound of air pumps but wanted extra surface agitation for oxygen absorption. After a good year of searching for a dead quiet air pump and trying the Sochting Oxydator and frogetting to refill it multiple times, I found the Eheim 9/12 power diffusor that uses a venturi to pull air into the tank. It's exactly what I had in mind.
03-03-2017 08:45 PM
sharkbunnie
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Originally Posted by Featherstone View Post
No way! Its apparently a historical surname from the area my parents are from (they're English immigrants). Always liked it better. PM me and maybe we can exchange plant cuttings or fry sometime!
Cut holes in the pipe on the Spec III, definitely helped with the flow. Inkbird controller is on its way here from Amazon... excited!
Yeah, the Featherstones, from what I have gathered, came from England and owned tons & tons of property in Henderson and Buncombe counties. I believe Merrimon ave., in Asheville, is named after Merrimon Featherstone. You may be related to some real historical movers & shakers in the area! I'll be sure to get in touch. I should be doing a rescape this weekend (hopefully) and will probably have some plants to give away. Good luck with your spec!
03-03-2017 07:09 PM
FishRFriendz Cable ties
https://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-43.../dp/B0002GX1XA
I find something similar at Home Depot for about the same price.

Darice #5 craft canvas
https://www.amazon.com/Bulk-Buy-Dari.../dp/B00KHAY65I
The price on amazon is ridiculous. It's $2 at JoAnn craft store, prolly the same or less at Michaels craft store. I made two filter trays with 1 sheet(for two aquariums) and still had left over. There's craft stores everywhere and other brands as well. The sizes are a standard, I believe it's how many squares per inch. The higher the # size the smaller the squares because more squares per inch. Standard cross stitch size is #7 or #8. Even the standard size will work, just requires the smallest size cable ties.

Maybe I should start selling these lol.

In-tank's filter mod is nice, clear acrylic is very nice, but in my sump collecting biofilm? I do like the idea that since is using sheets of acrylic that it will essentially block that bottom sump entry hole. That hole has saved my pump tho, when I went on vacation for a week and the water evaporation lowered the water below the top overflow.
03-03-2017 02:24 PM
Featherstone
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Originally Posted by sharkbunnie View Post
I cut some small holes in the pump return tubing and put a 25w heater in that chamber. It has resulted in the temps being much more stable in the main part of the tank and eliminated any over heating issues I've had. Here's a link that shows how to do it. http://spec-tanks.com/fluval-spec-fl...odification/It has the added benefit of reducing flow a bit, which my betta has not complained about. Hope this helps
By the way, I used to live in Asheville and now live just down the road in Hendersonville, on some former Featherstone family land. Featherstone creek runs through my property.
No way! Its apparently a historical surname from the area my parents are from (they're English immigrants). Always liked it better. PM me and maybe we can exchange plant cuttings or fry sometime!
Cut holes in the pipe on the Spec III, definitely helped with the flow. Inkbird controller is on its way here from Amazon... excited!
03-03-2017 01:28 PM
sharkbunnie
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Originally Posted by Featherstone View Post
Anyone have overheating issues with a heater in the pump chamber? I have a "Aqueon Submersible Aquarium Heater, 10W" and it kept heating the tank up to 80*F + .... turned it off for now, but trying to figure out how to heat this thing for my betta.
I cut some small holes in the pump return tubing and put a 25w heater in that chamber. It has resulted in the temps being much more stable in the main part of the tank and eliminated any over heating issues I've had. Here's a link that shows how to do it. http://spec-tanks.com/fluval-spec-fl...-modification/ It has the added benefit of reducing flow a bit, which my betta has not complained about. Hope this helps
By the way, I used to live in Asheville and now live just down the road in Hendersonville, on some former Featherstone family land. Featherstone creek runs through my property.
03-03-2017 06:51 AM
FishRFriendz
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Originally Posted by Cheree Carter View Post
Great mod! Exactly what I want to do. What is the plastic material you used to make the basket and where did you get it?
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Originally Posted by Featherstone View Post
FishRFriendz, I'm also curious how you did the basket. Could you do a tutorial? Or explain how you stitched it together?
It's the darice size 5 cross stitch canvas I think. That size is larger than the usual cross stitch canvas, it's big enough to run zip ties through. I just cut up all the sides to a box, zip them together leaving one side unattached, pour in my media, then zip tie the last side on.

You have to find a local arts and craft store, canvas is dirt cheap. Same canvas online is ridiculously priced.
03-03-2017 05:38 AM
natemcnutty
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Originally Posted by Featherstone View Post
Anyone have overheating issues with a heater in the pump chamber? I have a "Aqueon Submersible Aquarium Heater, 10W" and it kept heating the tank up to 80*F + .... turned it off for now, but trying to figure out how to heat this thing for my betta.
Hey Featherstone

I picked up one of the Inkbird controllers for like $15 on sale a little while back. I was given one of those heat mats with my Spec V, and rather than trying to find a better heater that would fit the pump chamber, I spent the money on a temperature controller.

Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NB8LQA8

Basically, you set the minimum and maximum temp, and it will turn power on and off to keep the temp correct. If you have issues with needing to cool the temp due to ambient temp, they have more expensive controllers that have a second power plug to control a cooling fan.
03-02-2017 09:55 PM
Featherstone Anyone have overheating issues with a heater in the pump chamber? I have a "Aqueon Submersible Aquarium Heater, 10W" and it kept heating the tank up to 80*F + .... turned it off for now, but trying to figure out how to heat this thing for my betta.
03-02-2017 09:55 PM
York1 InTank makes a basket for the Spec. Its not cheap but if you are lazy like me it is easier than diy
03-02-2017 09:44 PM
Featherstone FishRFriendz, I'm also curious how you did the basket. Could you do a tutorial? Or explain how you stitched it together?
03-02-2017 05:09 AM
Cheree Carter Great mod! Exactly what I want to do. What is the plastic material you used to make the basket and where did you get it?
01-15-2017 10:29 PM
FishRFriendz Haven't had the need for purigen. Will consider it if the need arises.

Unfortunately I made the change on the new tank during the cycling, I've lost about 2-3 days of bacterial growth progress that was in that big middle chunk of foam
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