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04-06-2014 03:45 AM
Clasman Have 5 endlers who now have 4 fry different females, had these in from start , so seeded the spec foam with colonised filter floss from my 125 litre tank, feed accordingly for the endlers, but now 6 weeks on still no drop in ammonia, or rise in nitrite or nitrate, even with all the water changes ammonia levels with the api test show 2 to 4 parts p m, never had such non seeding , pump now on high for few weeks , output nozzle is pointing up and towards front glass, but has a ring of coarse filter foam to diffuse the flow apart from the edge which moves the surface water just enough, in the fiter there is a slight swirl , but in the small chamber it looks. Stagnant but water does flow through the slit between chambers, any ideas
04-05-2014 01:29 AM
Steindler63
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Originally Posted by Clasman View Post
Anyone had a problem seeding there filter on a fluval spec v, 7'weeks down the line I am still getting high ammonia levels, 0 nitrite ,0 nitrate, for last 3 weeks pump been on high, but I don't think it's pulling down through the sponge and bio media , I have not. Blocked the small slit at the bottom, also water in pump chamber looks stagnant, there's also a sideways slit between sponge chamber and pump chamber, could between the two of these the media not getting water pulled through and killing of the bacteria, I did place some seeded floss from my big tank,
Which way is your out nozzle pointed? Point it up to get the most turbulence. I plugged the bottom slit because I didn't want little shrimplets getting in there. Probably wouldn't be a good idea to plug the slit between sponge and the small compartment. I'd imagine water wouldn't circulate in there. If you look down on the sponge, do you see water circulating?

Besides the floss, have you added any food, ammonia to the tank for the bacteria to eat? Any fish in there?
04-05-2014 12:27 AM
bizzle I replaced the stock light on my Spec v with a Finnex planted + and switched out the sponge filter for a 3 section media basket made for the spec line and it works amazingly.
04-04-2014 11:59 PM
Clasman Anyone had a problem seeding there filter on a fluval spec v, 7'weeks down the line I am still getting high ammonia levels, 0 nitrite ,0 nitrate, for last 3 weeks pump been on high, but I don't think it's pulling down through the sponge and bio media , I have not. Blocked the small slit at the bottom, also water in pump chamber looks stagnant, there's also a sideways slit between sponge chamber and pump chamber, could between the two of these the media not getting water pulled through and killing of the bacteria, I did place some seeded floss from my big tank,
03-20-2014 11:28 PM
Lowcountry I recently cut a hole in the pump output tube. About half up, approx 1/8" diameter, and facing the heater. It has really helped with circulation and really helps distribute the heated water a lot better.
My spec used to hover around 73*. Now, it's right at78*--without adjusting anything.
03-05-2014 11:13 PM
kman
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I have a few berried females in my tank now. Can anyone tell me what size stainless mesh this is and where I could order online?
You can buy it here from user h4n just send him a PM or look for his for sale threads in the sales forums

Edit: Here is one of his threads re filter intake guards, he can sell the same stuff for the intake grill mod:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=496257
03-05-2014 10:28 PM
jamesyu I'm going to be doing something like the above picture too -- once i get a handle on things I'll post my specs and where to pick up the equipment. it'll probably cost you 5 bucks to get. but if I make some i'll ROAK it just have to pay shipping.
03-05-2014 09:10 PM
frankiefire702
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Originally Posted by jrh View Post
Courtesy of h4n, a Spec V shrimplet filter guard.



snail not included.

The top part could be painted black (krylon fusion), but I'm sitting right next to my tank, and I can't see it, so I'm going to leave mine as is.
I have a few berried females in my tank now. Can anyone tell me what size stainless mesh this is and where I could order online?
02-20-2014 04:05 PM
dru Bumping this thread with a question.

I have the mini jet 606 pump after my stock one burned out.

I am curious if anyone has had success in diffusing co2 in the the pump side of the return chamber? I am considering cutting a slot or hole in the pump output hose but I don't know how efficient this method would be. Currently the flow in the tank is a little high so this could be a two birds situation.

Any suggestions?
01-28-2014 12:28 PM
Steindler63
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Originally Posted by Randizzzle View Post

One more thing..

The pump placement. Per the instruction manual, it says to position the pump so that the intake is against the black plastic. Originally I had it rotated clockwise 90 degrees (looking from the top) because it made sense to me to have the pump intake closest to the sponge and not pushed up against a wall basically. In the end, I changed it back to what the instruction manual said because I thought Fluval did their research and should know best.
I also turned my pump where the intake faces the sponge. I'd like to hear opinions/thoughts on this. It made sense to me, I guess.
01-28-2014 12:19 AM
Steindler63
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Originally Posted by jrh View Post
Courtesy of h4n, a Spec V shrimplet filter guard.



snail not included.

The top part could be painted black (krylon fusion), but I'm sitting right next to my tank, and I can't see it, so I'm going to leave mine as is.
Looks good. I'm going to use this idea since I have a couple of berried females already. A friend of mine says baby shrimp go into those slots, eat and come back out. Is that a metal mesh? Does it go all the way down past bottom slot?
01-28-2014 12:15 AM
Steindler63
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Originally Posted by MABJ View Post
That filter compartment isn't the issue. It is the small one towards the bottom. Yes, the best idea is to block it With mesh or plastic.
Fluval Spec V

I stuck a rubber strip into the slot. Not a problem for about a week so far. Better flow from the top. The slit is only required if the water level goes below the intake slots on top. The motor will still get water from the slot on the bottom.

The lighting sucks also. I bought a Marineland 17 in LED. Fits nicely on top of the plastic cover. Brightens the place up. May get another one for the back side.
01-16-2014 05:07 AM
Randizzzle Don't mean to beat a dead horse about this...

It's about that small slit below the middle of the black plastic separator.

I've had my fluval spec V for about 2 weeks now and the first thing I did after perusing reviews/mods was to plug that slit with silicon. So I did, and I really can't say that inflow is improved. It makes sense, that water would therefore flow in from the top vented section and then down, but water is pretty stagnant up in that section.







One more thing..

The pump placement. Per the instruction manual, it says to position the pump so that the intake is against the black plastic. Originally I had it rotated clockwise 90 degrees (looking from the top) because it made sense to me to have the pump intake closest to the sponge and not pushed up against a wall basically. In the end, I changed it back to what the instruction manual said because I thought Fluval did their research and should know best.

So just curious, how's your guys' placement of the pump? Did you follow the instructions or turn it? Also thoughts on siliconing/covering up the small slit halfway down? Help with flow or not?

Hopefully we can all help make this tank the most efficient it can be!
01-13-2014 07:40 PM
jrh Send h4n a pm.
01-13-2014 07:35 PM
natiedean24 Cool! What is the material and where did you get it?
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