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Old 07-11-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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2.5 or Spec: Which is better for RCS?


Hi all,
I have a Spec currently for my RCS but I've been tossing around the idea of moving to a 2.5g and buying a filter and light.
Which do you prefer and why?
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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Been having this discussion in my head for some time now (the voices, THE VOICES!)

The 2.5 is a great size and shape (long instead of tall) but I can't build one with a decent light & filter for any better price than the spec - and the spec looks "put together" for my desk at work, know what I mean? The Spec V looks fantastic, but might be a little big and get a little too much attention at the office.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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That's exactly my dilemma! I don't mind buying all the pieces is need but it would look a little sloppy. I just love the wide shape, it makes it so much easier to decorate and I'd be able to fit quite a few more shrimp in there! Suh a hard choice.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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JBJ Picotpe would be my vote in the price range. I owned the Spec, and while I loved it was an all in one unit, I did not like that it isn't a true rimless (metal strips on the front glass) and I did have to upgrade the light. The space isn't as useable as the picotope either, I prefer a wide rather than tall tank.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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Saw this yesterday for the first time. Very slick:

http://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Suppli...keywords=glass
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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Spec has a bunch better filter (huge surface area), unless you decide to get a bulky HOB for the 2.5g.

If I were you I'd get the new Spec V, but if it's going on the corner of a small desk get the regular 2g.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:39 PM   #7
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I like the new Spec but I don't know if my desk could sustain the weight of it, that's why I was hoping to stay smaller than 5g

As far as filtration goes, I have a spare 10g filter I was thinking of using. All I'd need would be a light
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:51 PM   #8
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Wow, I always thought Penn-Pax = crappy little plastic stuff for the most part, but these look very clean:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i...0radius&page=1
Their distribution must really suck for the better stuff, never saw them before.


That 3 gallon JBJ is very cool looking, the HOB not so much
EDIT: Cheapest I could find it, especially if you add another item to get over the free shipping mark:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=15493
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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That 3 gallon JBJ is very cool looking, the HOB not so much
EDIT: Cheapest I could find it, especially if you add another item to get over the free shipping mark:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=15493
Exactly where I ordered from. They also have a 6500K replacement lamp you will want to use instead of the 50/50 bulb supplied. Should get you to free shipping. The HOB, while a bad color (purple), actually does a very good job for its size. I would probably run an AC20 on it though if it wasnt a simple betta tank for me.
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Any idea what the 6500k bulb's item number is? (or the pin type) It's not on the tank page.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:10 PM   #11
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Any idea what the 6500k bulb's item number is? (or the pin type) It's not on the tank page.
Any of these should work. I have the 6700K bulb.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=11382
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very cool, is the litle hob pretty quiet or do you get the waterfall effect?
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It's super quiet. I have it on my desk at work and you can't even tell its running.
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Well dammit the credit card is coming out then Was lusting after the Spec V but that seemed just a little to long for the office, this should make a nice shrimp/plant tank! (the light is probably a little more suited to plants to - going for low light anubis and what-not)

DONE! order placed, I'll be looking for shrimp in the trading room in a month or 2

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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Walmart sells this tank for $35 if I remember correctly.

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Saw this yesterday for the first time. Very slick:

http://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Suppli...keywords=glass
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