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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up a Fluval Spec V

I could not resist....at $80 on sale I had to grab a Fluval Spec V. I would like to set it up, but I don't have a stand for it - so I'll have to make one but don't have the time just yet to do so.

I like the integrated and segregated compartment to keep the filter away from the fish living space - and makes for a nice/cleaner unobstructed look. This brings me to a question: if don't want any equipment to show, I will need to put a small heater in the airtube compartment. I think I read here or somewhere that in doing so the water doesn't get as warm as it should...not sure how true this is, but if anyone can validate that'll be great.

Initially, I was looking at the saltwater version, but not having an reverse osmosis/DI unit, I scrapped the idea of setting up a marine tank - as much as i always wanted to. Other than the lighting, I think the saltwater vs the freshwater is the same...minus the trim color as well.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 12:58 PM
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Nice pickup!!! Whatever you do just keep in mind the tank is very narrow from front to back so make sure you buy smaller hardscape material. Maybe you might have to shave off the back of the wood or break up some rock to make it work. Good luck.
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I have used two different heaters in the pump compartment with mine. The difference in set temperature and actual water column temperature was negligible... not even a whole degree fahrenheit. Some spec v owners cut a couple holes in the outflow tubing to add circulation in the heater/pump compartment. I didn't. I wanted maximum water flow.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 10:13 PM
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Welcome to the spec club!!!
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