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01-15-2014 01:12 AM
dtf kev
01-24-2013 02:09 PM
tekkguy You could also slide a piece of wide air hose over the tube, or replace it entirely if you had to with a new air hose. Just check the diameter.
01-24-2013 01:33 PM
Silmarwen There are plenty of putties and epoxies you could use--or even just a dab of silicone, which I understand tank owners should probably keep on hand anyway, haha. (I ought to get some next time I'm out...)
01-24-2013 01:30 PM
dtf kev Ill turn the pump up and see how that goes...

I wasn't sure about what i can use to seal the holes....
01-23-2013 10:27 PM
tekkguy My Fluval V has the perfect amount of flow for my betta with a 1/4" hole in the outflow line and the pump turned all the way down to low.

If you cut a bunch of holes, maybe try turning the filter back up or sealing some of the holes?
01-23-2013 10:08 PM
dtf kev Yep!
01-23-2013 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by dtf kev View Post
I've been having flow issues with the current being too much for my beta.

I put some "relief " holes in the tube coming out of the pump but i put a few too many now i have next to no flow.

Anyone have a better fix for the flow rate?
Have you turned down the flow by using the lever near the bottom of the pump? If I recall correctly, from the factory, the lever is at the far left position for highest flow. By moving it to the right, it will slow down the flow. (or vice versa)
01-23-2013 06:31 PM
dtf kev I've been having flow issues with the current being too much for my beta.

I put some "relief " holes in the tube coming out of the pump but i put a few too many now i have next to no flow.

Anyone have a better fix for the flow rate?
01-22-2013 12:03 AM
dtf kev See how this goes....

12-06-2012 05:41 AM
james1542 I recommend some micro rasboras/danios if your betta's not a killer. If your not satisfied with your low light plants the stock light is easy enough to rip off! DIY CO2 would not be hard to gas a tank that small either. For now I'd try to find some smaller growing low light plants + order a few kinds of mosses and try your hand at working with those-it will make your tank look a lot bigger than having a whole bunch of crypts + anubias folded over at the surface.
12-06-2012 04:24 AM
goodeye--sniper I liked the hardscape in the first picture. What I would probably do is add some more river rocks and place some anubias nana petite in between them and place a large grouping of java fern behind the wood as a focal point
12-06-2012 03:42 AM
difrent7 I like the wood in your tank! I picked up a Spec V on black friday and I think I am going to go with couple plant bulbs for now and see what happens. Does anyone know if you could grow jungle val with the stock Spec lighting?
12-02-2012 08:43 PM
STS_1OO Small, schooling fish that aren't colorful or flashy with long tails (something that will attract the ire of your Betta), will do just fine.

Shrimp's other than amanos or large ghosts are out of the question imo. A Fluval spec V for one betta is overkill and too sparse. I'd add some smaller fish (cories, neons or harlequins, etc.).
12-02-2012 08:34 PM
@marko@ you can do a lot with various anubias, mosses, ferns, and crypts. check the link in my signature to my betta barracks. everything there is low light, no CO2.
as for tank mates, there really isnt much you could do. you could put a nerite snail or two in. amano shrimp and RCS may get eaten, and would likely hide all the time anyway with a betta in the tank.
12-02-2012 07:43 PM
STS_1OO I picked up a Spec V (you can tell by all the light questions i've littered on these boards - sorry mods!).

My goal (however ideal it is) is to have enough light for compact growth of hardy plants without CO2 or regular ferts.

I'm hoping there's a happy medium there. Low-medium light with some crypt parva, wendetti's and etc. for compact growth. I don't trust the original lighting bc I believe plants like the wendtii will develop large leaves extending to the top and I think tall plants in a relatively short rectangular tank will not be visually appealing.

I have pretty much settled on the Fugeray 16" for this. About 30 PAR for our Spec V's while sitting on the lid. I think that, some root tabs and moderate ferts will do the trick (I hope!).

As to the OP's question, crypt parva will do well and provide you a nice foreground plant. Wendtiis are good as well but may grow more vertically with the original lighting. Others including needle leaf java fern, wysteria, java fern windelov which looks amazing tied to driftwood.

I'll be aiming for most of those but, like i said, am hoping to keep growth more compact with some higher output LEDs
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