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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec V

I just got my new Fluval Spec V (5 gallons) today. So far I love it and my betta seem to be really happy to be with us in the kitchen and not alone in the basement.

I am very impressed with the filtration as it was cloudy when I started it this afternoon and in less than one hour the water was crystal clear. I used the cycled media from my other filter and Tetra safe start as well. There is enough space behind to put a little 25 watts Theo heater and a few almond leaves.

I used Seachem black flourite as the base for the plants, is that any good? I did a minimalist aquascaping and it will remain that way. I wanted some tall plants so that the betta can rest on them at night. I also ordered a floating tube for his bed. I had to put a sponge over the water exhaust because it was too strong but now it's perfect.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 06:31 PM
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Very very pretty! I love the gray rocks, they're beautiful! :)

And your betta is a handsome, handsome little man. :) I love the blue and white color combination. ;)

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Thanks! those are ADA seiryu stones, and not sure they will not alter the hardness of the water so I will have to keep a good check on that because they are lime stones. But they are so pretty! they cost an arm and a leg though! lol!

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Very very pretty! I love the gray rocks, they're beautiful! :)

And your betta is a handsome, handsome little man. :) I love the blue and white color combination. ;)
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If you find that the 25w Theo isn't heating that tank enough (probably not a problem now that warmer weather is approaching, but for future reference), the 50w is just a teeny tiny bit longer, so it should still fit anywhere the 25w does. It's also about the same price (cheaper than the 25w on some websites!)


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I think I have the 25 watts, but not sure. It was on my fluval edge 6 gallons and it was strong enough to heat the tank at 80F in my pretty cool basement so I don't think there will be a problem at all. Temperature in the tank is now 79F.

I will check out the 50 watts for my next setup, thanks!

I also have a 100 watt titanium heater that is so small, it's even smaller than the Theo and has an external digital thermometer control.

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Strange if he looks white in that photo because he's kind of blue and copper. Here are better photos of him. I don't think I have seen such color before, it's a bit wierd. Also it's hard to tell now but he was a marble when I got him. He's white on the top of the body.



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Ooh, now I see it, he is a beauty! I think it was his clear sections that looked whiter in the first photo. :)

I can see the marbling, it looks fairly light though, like more light blue and dark blue than blue and white. He's a really stunning fish! :)

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Newbie here! I have a question about the Fluval Spec V light. Is the stock light bright enough to grow anything but low light plants? I'm planning on getting one this summer and I'm hoping to make it nice and lush.
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I bought this today and I see you have a sponge over the outflow of the filter. Does it help?? I used some hair ties and tied this soft, thick plastic around it making the current slower and go downwards. Do you recommend getting the sponge?
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Hi merry, I have the spec V and I'd say the light is only good for low light plants. I have moss, anubius, and some crypts. They did ok, but started doing much better when I added a clip on light (fluorescent 13 watt).
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