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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Structural Importance of the Fluval Spec V Pump Wall?

So I've just had to remove the internal wall of my spec v after a fish got stuck back there for the second time. I'm not very happy about this and neither were the fish.


Now that the wall is out (and one of my best kitchen knives is ruined) what are the chances of the tank failing and throwing 5 gallons of water onto my floor? It's really something I could do without, surprisingly.


Any input hugely appreciated!

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The spec V has bracing on the bottom and in the corners. I really think you are fine. That wall is there for filtration not to hold the tank together.
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That's great to hear, thank you! I'm not particularly experienced with equipment/diy so am glad to have a second opnion

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You couldn’t just remove media and just met him out?
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@DaveKS the spec v wall has two sections; the right hand side houses the pump and is about 1.5" square. I do not have a net of that size.

The left hand side is larger, but has a small shelf under the filter media, so even a small net could not get to the bottom.

In addition, any fish stuck behind there can dash under the central wall to either the left or right side with ease.

The first time it got stuck there, I was able to siphon it out, however the fish just swam to the bottom when I attempted this a second time.

I also tried emptying the tank down to around and inch of water and tried tipping the fish out, however, it just wedged itself on top of the filter media shelf repeatedly.

Thanks for the input.

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@DaveKS the spec v wall has two sections; the right hand side houses the pump and is about 1.5" square. I do not have a net of that size.

The left hand side is larger, but has a small shelf under the filter media, so even a small net could not get to the bottom.

In addition, any fish stuck behind there can dash under the central wall to either the left or right side with ease.

The first time it got stuck there, I was able to siphon it out, however the fish just swam to the bottom when I attempted this a second time.

I also tried emptying the tank down to around and inch of water and tried tipping the fish out, however, it just wedged itself on top of the filter media shelf repeatedly.

Thanks for the input.
I was going by way my little spec 2.6gal was built. Once you remove all media and pump all your left with is a divider wall you could easily chase the fish over to bigger side and net it.
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