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11-28-2014 06:20 PM
snowaaron Just wanted to stop in and say thanks for this thread. New to the Spec V and lots of good info in here. List of what I've done and pics:

1. Added Purigen bag under filter housing to push coarse sponge up and restrict some of the flow from the lower inlet.

2. Added hole to outlet hose based on some of the benefits mentioned here in thread.

3. Upgraded to Satellite Current LED+ and really love it, its sleek and looks like it belongs. Though, it's powerful enough that I fear I will be forced to move to co2 in order to ward off algae.

4. Bought Flourish Excel and Flourish but have not dosed yet.

Pics - http://imgur.com/a/m8kdR
07-31-2014 01:13 AM
MABJ
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Originally Posted by ErtyJr View Post
Hey this is such an immensely useful post, is there any way we could get this stickied somewhere. There is a lot of info I would like to come back to later, as I'm sure others would.

Definitely PM a mod like Somewhatshocked if you'd like to see it stickied.

I would say until such a time exists I'd email it to yourself or subscribe to it so you will always have it in your history somewhere.
07-31-2014 12:02 AM
ErtyJr Hey this is such an immensely useful post, is there any way we could get this stickied somewhere. There is a lot of info I would like to come back to later, as I'm sure others would.
07-27-2014 06:32 PM
Jack Gilvey
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Originally Posted by jbrady33 View Post
How did I miss this thread all this time?

Here are mine, all on a Spec V:

Lighting - force the stock light to have blue & white on together:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=469633

Wood base and 'hood' with glass lighting window
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=4721185


Don't have the tank anymore, one to many to take care of, RAOK'd it off to a fellow member here at TPT
Totally bad*ss, takes the look to another level.
07-27-2014 05:46 PM
MABJ
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Originally Posted by ErtyJr View Post
Hi I have a very simple mod that has worked wonderfully for my spec v. I replaced the lighting and now have very high lighting enough that my dwarf hairgrass is shooting off runners everywhere.

I went to home depot, bought a plain desk lamp, and then bought this 65 watt cree daylight floodlight bulb. Here is the link to it.

http://www.houzz.com/photos/5384684/...ry-light-bulbs

It is important to note that you Must use a bulb rated "daylight" it has the ideal spectrum.

I also bought some 1/2" pvc and fittings made by "sharkbite" from home depot and created a spray bar. The fitting was not a perfect fit I had to trim and sand down the elbow to get it to go into the piece the nozzel normal goes into. Then I had no surface tension so I drilled a 1/4" hole in the top to spray water at the surface. It is working well, but was still too powerful for my small apistogramma fry so I then used silicone on the inside of the elbow and blocked half the fitting. Since then it has been at a very good level. I then sprayed it black. Here is a picture...


And here is the whole tank. I adjusted the contrast a bit because the light is very very bright.

Your light might be a bit strong, but nice spray bar!
07-27-2014 12:15 PM
ErtyJr Hi I have a very simple mod that has worked wonderfully for my spec v. I replaced the lighting and now have very high lighting enough that my dwarf hairgrass is shooting off runners everywhere.

I went to home depot, bought a plain desk lamp, and then bought this 65 watt cree daylight floodlight bulb. Here is the link to it.

http://www.houzz.com/photos/5384684/...ry-light-bulbs

It is important to note that you Must use a bulb rated "daylight" it has the ideal spectrum.

I also bought some 1/2" pvc and fittings made by "sharkbite" from home depot and created a spray bar. The fitting was not a perfect fit I had to trim and sand down the elbow to get it to go into the piece the nozzel normal goes into. Then I had no surface tension so I drilled a 1/4" hole in the top to spray water at the surface. It is working well, but was still too powerful for my small apistogramma fry so I then used silicone on the inside of the elbow and blocked half the fitting. Since then it has been at a very good level. I then sprayed it black. Here is a picture...


And here is the whole tank. I adjusted the contrast a bit because the light is very very bright.

07-27-2014 06:03 AM
MABJ
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Originally Posted by jbrady33 View Post
How did I miss this thread all this time?

Here are mine, all on a Spec V:

Lighting - force the stock light to have blue & white on together:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=469633

Wood base and 'hood' with glass lighting window
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=4721185


Don't have the tank anymore, one to many to take care of, RAOK'd it off to a fellow member here at TPT
That's a knockout spec. Nice woodwork.
07-27-2014 06:00 AM
MABJ
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Originally Posted by Jack Gilvey View Post
Hey all,

I've had a couple Specs and love the look and form-factor but have always found myself wanting to tweak/mod the filtration. So, I finally decided to ditch the whole filter and go with a mattenfilter since I've been so happy with one (and Poret foam filters in general) in my main tank. The stock filter was very easy to remove - just silicone which cleaned up nicely with a razor blade. I used 1" 30ppi Poret and a small Jetlifter from swisstropicals.com, and I cut off the very bottom of the stock filter to use as a "gravel-guard" at the base of the foam.

I have the front edge of the foam lined up with the frosted glass edge, and a Hydor Theo fits nicely as does the stock top. The foam is cut just slightly wider than the tank and stays in place by itself. 1" Poret works ok in this tank as it's only 7" wide or so, but in a larger tank the 2" foam is much more stable.

Also, I really like these Jetlifters, but there's no reason you couldn't still use the stock Fluval pump and tubing - might need a little more room behind. Just make a small "x" in the foam with a knife and push the nozzle through for a tight fit, like I did with the Jetlifter.





Not sure what I'll use it for, yet!
Thanks man. I think some people will definitely find a use for this.
07-26-2014 08:04 PM
jbrady33 How did I miss this thread all this time?

Here are mine, all on a Spec V:

Lighting - force the stock light to have blue & white on together:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=469633

Wood base and 'hood' with glass lighting window
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=4721185


Don't have the tank anymore, one to many to take care of, RAOK'd it off to a fellow member here at TPT
07-26-2014 05:01 PM
Jack Gilvey Hey all,

I've had a couple Specs and love the look and form-factor but have always found myself wanting to tweak/mod the filtration. So, I finally decided to ditch the whole filter and go with a mattenfilter since I've been so happy with one (and Poret foam filters in general) in my main tank. The stock filter was very easy to remove - just silicone which cleaned up nicely with a razor blade. I used 1" 30ppi Poret and a small Jetlifter from swisstropicals.com, and I cut off the very bottom of the stock filter to use as a "gravel-guard" at the base of the foam.

I have the front edge of the foam lined up with the frosted glass edge, and a Hydor Theo fits nicely as does the stock top. The foam is cut just slightly wider than the tank and stays in place by itself. 1" Poret works ok in this tank as it's only 7" wide or so, but in a larger tank the 2" foam is much more stable.

Also, I really like these Jetlifters, but there's no reason you couldn't still use the stock Fluval pump and tubing - might need a little more room behind. Just make a small "x" in the foam with a knife and push the nozzle through for a tight fit, like I did with the Jetlifter.





Not sure what I'll use it for, yet!
07-14-2014 05:45 PM
MABJ I don't know much about the spec V lighting, but that seems like a simple wiring fix. Make the switch open the circuit for both, get both on.
07-14-2014 02:15 PM
Zellner Just wanted to post how I plugged the hole at the bottom of the filter compartment. It was easy and can be done with water in the tank, which was the most important factor to me. I just cut a piece of electrical tape bigger than the hole itself and stuck it on the water colum side, yes it still sticks once it's wet. Barely visible, easy and cost effective.

Also I remember seeing a mod someone did with the stock light fixture. They made the day and night time blue leds come on at the same time, anyone have any info on that?
07-04-2014 06:20 AM
MABJ Has anybody here upgraded their lights? If so, PM me, I'd be interested in buying your stock light.
07-04-2014 04:49 AM
MABJ Definitely post that pic. Welcome to TPT. Yeah I used plastic mesh
07-04-2014 04:34 AM
grammaknits02 Yes...Thank you for the replies and for the great idea of wedging something behind the basket to keep the babies in! I'm going to do that as well. The plastic mesh is pretty sturdy...it will work well for what I want it to do. In a while I will post a pic of my new little tank.
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