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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Is this fixable? Leak in Fluval Spec filter compartment

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Like the title says, I got a leak, and of course, it’s near the bottom of the tank to complicate things. It’s located in the filter compartment of my Fluval Spec 5 gallons, where I can barely fit my hands in. In fact, I’m not even sure I can reach the bottom with my hands. Is this fixable? Has someone encountered the same issue before? Can I fix it from the outside? Should I just buy a new tank and throw this one out in the garbage? This tank will be 4 years old in November. I though it was not that old...

It’s my only tank, don’t have any other place to put my shrimps. Anxiety is kicking in and I can’t think straight as to what to do. The only thing I know is that I have to do something right now, but what?? Fix it or buy a new tank? Will a new tank shock my shrimps? Can I dig out all my crypts safely and move old substrate (Fluval plant) to a new tank? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Well, I went ahead and bought a new tank, the same one, just because I had everything for that tank size, and my desk wouldn’t be able to support anything bigger. Oh and it was on sale too. It took all day to swap everything. I changed the substrate from Fluval plant (old and exhausted) to inert Black Flourite. I’ve put root tabs in and I hope my crypts will make it. Not so worried about the undulata sp. but the retrospiralis seems more fragile.

My shrimps (neocaridina) look a bit stressed... They are "running around" instead of grazing, but I guess there is nothing to graze yet. I added Bacter AE to promote biofilm and plan to do so for the next few days, instead of twice a week. I also increased lighting period to 14 hours a day to see if algae would pop. My nerite snail and shrimps would need at least some. I hope they’ll all settle down quickly without hurt.

I guess I’ll let my old tank dry and see if it’s fixable later, but for now, it’s not an issue anymore.
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I guess you will be sleeping a lot better tonight than you did last night!

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I guess you will be sleeping a lot better tonight than you did last night!
Oh I did sleep well. It’s when I woke up to the sound of water dripping to the floor that I started to feel stressed out. My tank was sitting in a puddle... Almost unbelievable that it happened overnight. Well, I guess it is believable... This was my first experience of a leak. I’m sure it will happen again, but please, not too soon!

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Hey, that's the same seam area where my old spec v started to leak 😛 it has since evolved to a 20 long. Sorry you had troubles, too. The spec v is a great little tank.

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Hey, that's the same seam area where my old spec v started to leak 😛 it has since evolved to a 20 long. Sorry you had troubles, too. The spec v is a great little tank.
So what did you do? Did you fix it or throw it in the garbage?

I asked my LFS how much it would cost to reseal all the joints and the price they gave me is roughly half the value of a new Fluval Spec... (new tank = $139.99+tx, repair = $70+tx). Since it's 4 years old and full of annoying tiny cracks on the glass, I think the repair is worth more than the actual value of my old tank.

One would probably say to repair it myself, but it would be a first for me. And have you seen that damn filter compartment? That thing is holding me back...

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