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Old 01-09-2014, 12:37 AM   #16
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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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Old 01-09-2014, 12:41 AM   #17
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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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Old 01-09-2014, 03:43 AM   #18
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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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Old 01-09-2014, 09:08 PM   #19
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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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Old 01-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #20
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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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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.
Which heater do you have in there?
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My spec is at work, so that little water intake at the bottom has saved my pump many a time.
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Which heater do you have in there?
I have the Hydor Theo 25 watt. No need for suction cups even. It fits snug in the pump compartment.
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I have the Hydor Theo 25 watt. No need for suction cups even. It fits snug in the pump compartment.
Interesting. You're the second person I've heard report they're using that heater in the past 2 days. The reviews on Amazon are not very encouraging, however. Lots of horror stories there. Not sure I want to roll those dice, even though it's clearly working well for many, also.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #26
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I just got the Spec V and I love it! I am using the
Fluval 25w heater Fluval 25w heater
, it is a little pricey, but it really fits in with the decor. The water flow by the water pump is a lot lower then i would have liked, so I just placed it in the corner. Can barely tell its there.
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I have a Hydor 25w into spec 3 in that secret compartment. The thermometer shows the right temp. Is it most efficient? Probably not. Does it work? Yep.
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I have been running a Hydor 25w heater in the small compartment for over a year now. If you cut a small hole in the return tube, it works great. The only way I can see people having problems is if they don't cut the hole for circulation. I plugged the hole in the bottom to make the water go over the overflow more. You have to keep an eye on the water level mover, but the surface skimming is a lot better. When I go on vacation, I just fill the tank up all the way to prevent the water level from getting too low. You can see the top of the heater through the frosted glass on the right side of the picture.
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There's no need to cut any holes (or plug any). It CAN work that way, but it's certainly not necessary. Lots of people in the main Spec thread have heaters in that compartment with zero modifications made, and they're doing fine.
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There's no need to cut any holes (or plug any). It CAN work that way, but it's certainly not necessary. Lots of people in the main Spec thread have heaters in that compartment with zero modifications made, and they're doing fine.
In my experience and research, would say that you CAN run the Spec with no mods, but the skimming is lacking and the heater compartment does not get a lot of flow.
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