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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Question Thoughts on Fluval Spec V

Okay so first off, I'm very new to the freshwater hobby. I have read the Beginners guide on here and earned quite a bit from it. I kept a 20 gallon salt water aquarium for about 2 years until I moved and was forced to disassemble the tank.

However, it's been some time since then and I miss having some fish to care for and was thinking about starting a Fluval Spec V 5 Gallon planted.

I was just wondering what everyone thought of the aquarium in general, if it's a good start up for a fresh planted or would I have to add a bunch of mods to make it safe for my fish and plants.

Any and all advice is welcome and thanks in advance!
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I really like my Fluval Spec V but the stock light limits you to what you can really grow but that being said it doesn't mean you can't grow stuff. Filtration and build is great I have had zero issues with mine. I haven't modified anything on it and it has been a joy.
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only issue I have is the plastic screw to tighten the light fixture in place is useless causing it to be loose and uneven. A quick replacement to a metal screw does the job
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I stripped that screw within 5 minutes of setting up the tank. The metal will bend to the angle you choose. Just set the light in the bracket and and go.
Other than that small hiccup, I've had a good experience with the tank.

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Would a 7.5 gallon tank give me more options as far as fish?
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Or maybe even the 12 Gallon Fluval Edge?
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I have the Spec V and love it. A larger tank does give you more options for fish, but the Fluval Edge 12 gal has a lot of its volume in the height. While the Edge has a sleek look, I've seen a lot of complaints about the difficulty getting in there through the small access at the top to clean, prune, etc.
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