Fluval Spec joins Fluval Edge 6G and 12G
I decided I needed a small tank at work, and got a Fluval Spec. I am pretty impressed. I started it up with some plants, a red betta, a Marano shrimp, and a Nerite snail.
I am seeding it with water from my Fluval Edge 12G, and also transplanted the Biomax bag. This should get it going. Overall, a clean little unit. I added a small heater (10W?) into the pump well that I had around. It's running a fixed setting that keeps the tank at 80 deg F, which is where I like it, even during our 60 deg nights (we turn the furnace off at night).
The one thing that is odd is that the filter pump fits very tightly, almost impossible to remove, with very little clearance around the inlet, and kind of jamming the control tab. I removed it once, and left it on full. I had to pull it by the power chord, and level it while sliding it up - cringing all the way. Since in all settings, it has too much flow for the tank, and especially a betta, I ended up pulling the nozzle, and stretching a little seran wrap over the opening, where it fits over the feed pipe. I punched a couple of holes with a paper clip, and refitted it. With this flow restriction, it is great. And the "adjustment" is easily changed without removing the pump again.
I'll have to watch it, this could spread further - Fluval fever...
This is on the second day, just a touch cloudy. My other tanks cleared in a week, but did not reach their crystal clarity until a few weeks. I initially had some white substrate from PetSmart, but it turned out to be kind of plasticky. I redid the tank the second day with some natural light substrate, which I preferred. Since it will be at work, I want to keep it simple.
Not sure, whether the Flourish Excel will be enough to get the plants going, or whether I will have to temporarily use a CO2 generator. I discontinued CO2 on my 6G, since after it settled in, did not seem to need it.