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Old 01-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Could someone please post pics of the filtration system on the fluval spec V. I like how it is all hidden on one end of the tank and would like to try and building something similar but on a 12g or 20g long.

any pics of exacaly how it works would be apreciated.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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I think its basically just a tank divider with 2 compartments. One holds the sponge and filter media, the other is for the pump.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Are both compartments full of water or is the pump side dry ?
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its cascading, so there is an overflow into the media section, the first compartment, and then it either overflows, or fills from the bottom into the pump section. so both have water. its basically an overflow box if you want to google how those work.

**I personally don't have one, so if anyone else with actual experience needs to correct me, please do.
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You're basically correct on the overflow, but there is also a small intake a few inches above the bottom on the media side. I'm not sure why the intake is there, because the overflow would work just fine without it. My tank is a Spec V, I'm not sure about the original Spec.
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You're basically correct on the overflow, but there is also a small intake a few inches above the bottom on the media side. I'm not sure why the intake is there, because the overflow would work just fine without it. My tank is a Spec V, I'm not sure about the original Spec.

I believe that slot is for emergency water flow to the pump if the water level goes below the slots on top.....I think.
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I'm thinking of the spec v. I was debating getting one but I think it would be cool to build a bigger version of a similar design. Could you snap a pic of your overflow/filter area?
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Yeah, I can try and do that tonight.
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You could look at this thread to get an idea. It's the same style as the Spec V and has some good shots of the tank and filter area: http://www.flowerhorncraze.com/topic...apa-county-40/
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Would it be practical to put a heater into the pump compartment on the left side? Is there enough circulation there next to the hose to heat the tank?

Just setting up my first Spec this evening.

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Would it be practical to put a heater into the pump compartment on the left side? Is there enough circulation there next to the hose to heat the tank?

Just setting up my first Spec this evening.

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I have had my heater in that compartment and it does an okay job of heating the tank from there but usually doesn't disperse that well only good if you are keeping temperature in check for a couple degrees. If I have a big temp drop I would recommend to keep the heater in the main tank because the heat disperses better.
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I have had my heater in that compartment and it does an okay job of heating the tank from there but usually doesn't disperse that well only good if you are keeping temperature in check for a couple degrees. If I have a big temp drop I would recommend to keep the heater in the main tank because the heat disperses better.
I tried it yesterday. the compartment got very warm, which made the heater switch off when the tank was still cool. Back to the main tank.

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Would it be practical to put a heater into the pump compartment on the left side? Is there enough circulation there next to the hose to heat the tank?

Just setting up my first Spec this evening.

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It depends on how big your heater is, how high the temp is set, and how high your flow rate is set.

I have a small 10w heater in the pump compartment of my Spec 2g (same filtration system on all Spec tanks), and it works great with the flow rate on the lowest setting.
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It depends on how big your heater is, how high the temp is set, and how high your flow rate is set.

I have a small 10w heater in the pump compartment of my Spec 2g (same filtration system on all Spec tanks), and it works great with the flow rate on the lowest setting.
Same here. I have a 25 watt in the pump compartment and my tank stays at a steady 78 degrees. This is on a spec2.
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