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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-17-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Spec V pump area

So Houdini here got into the pump area of my Spec V overnight. I had taken the heater out to make some adjustments and left it in the tank overnight put the cover back on and then found him in here this morning. I have no idea how he could possibly have gotten in.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 08:32 AM
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Reminds me of a time back in the early 80s: I had an old-fashioned open-top Dynaflow HOB filter on a 29g. I went to check it one day and found a cardinal tetra swimming in the box, probably wondering where his friends had gone. Little guy had jumped out of the tank and found the one spot that was safe.

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How do you keep your main tank temp stable with your heater there? I had to take mine out because the pump area was at 90 but the main tank was at 70. And it would drop fast when the heater cycled.
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How do you keep your main tank temp stable with your heater there? I had to take mine out because the pump area was at 90 but the main tank was at 70. And it would drop fast when the heater cycled.
I, like many others with spec v's and keep the heater in the pump section, put a couple small holes in the rubber stand pipe coming up from the pump to the outflow nozzle to create more waterflow in the pump section of the filter. This action both negates stagnant water in that section of the filter and as a byproduct, moves water around the heater for more even tank water heating.


My spec v has a 25w heater set to 78 degrees in the pump section and I keep my thermometer on the opposite side of the tank, it reads 78 degrees and never fluctuates.

I regularly test both the main water column and the pump sections of the tank with an instant read digital thermometer and those tests also consistently clock in at 78.

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I just set up my Spec V with a 25w Cobalt Neo-Therm in the pump section. I made the same mod to the tubing (put in about 5 or six small holes in it, I only put them on one half of the tubing and pointed that towards the middle of the pump section)) and the heater is working incredibly well. I am just starting a fishless cycle so I have it set at 84deg and the tank is running at 83.1 deg on the opposite side of the outlet. The room that it is in is at about 71deg all the time. I am amazed at the performance and accuracy of this set up.
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