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Old 01-23-2016, 11:54 PM   #691 
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My sons Spec V

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Old 01-26-2016, 11:49 AM   #692 
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Here you go, this is the tutorial I used: http://spec-tanks.com/fluval-spec-fl...-modification/
That's what I was looking for. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:26 AM   #693 
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So, is it better to punch the holes in the tube or put a piece of foam over the filter spout (think that's what it's called)?

Just bought a spec III and my first betta. He always seems to be either looking or attacking the piece of foam right now LOL

Also, do any of you notice your fish flaring a lot in the tank? Think mine sees his own reflection in the glass.

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Old 02-04-2016, 05:18 PM   #694 
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I decided to go the Spec 3 route for my male bettas. BUT... I'm having some issues getting going...

I ordered the first one from PetSupermarket.com. It was in tact except the lid was cracked. I contacted Fluval (Hagen) and they said they would mail me a replacement.

I then realized petco.com had them on sale so I decided to go ahead and buy 6 tanks (this is in theory how many male bettas I intend to keep). I was going to return the other to Pet Supermarket.

Now, I received the new six. All of them have a busted lid (packaged underneath the tank) and 5 of them have a cracked plastic base (glass falls/leans on the broken side).

Has anyone else had these problems?

I worry about the long term durability of these things now. I don't want to crack the base if I need to move the tank around.
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:08 PM   #695 
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My Spec V, though I had an algae break out and had to trim a lot of my plants down. ^^

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Old 02-05-2016, 07:36 PM   #696 
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I decided to go the Spec 3 route for my male bettas. BUT... I'm having some issues getting going...

I ordered the first one from PetSupermarket.com. It was in tact except the lid was cracked. I contacted Fluval (Hagen) and they said they would mail me a replacement.

I then realized petco.com had them on sale so I decided to go ahead and buy 6 tanks (this is in theory how many male bettas I intend to keep). I was going to return the other to Pet Supermarket.

Now, I received the new six. All of them have a busted lid (packaged underneath the tank) and 5 of them have a cracked plastic base (glass falls/leans on the broken side).

Has anyone else had these problems?

I worry about the long term durability of these things now. I don't want to crack the base if I need to move the tank around.
I have two Spec III tanks that I bought over a year ago for my two boys. I ordered both online. They both arrived with no damage and now over a year later they are still like new with no flaws. The only thing I replaced on them is the lights, but not because they didn't work, just because I wanted plant lights. I also bought an additional ceramic ring bag for each filter so I could have both filter bags ceramic rings instead of one charcoal and one ceramic. I think you just had bad luck.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:14 PM   #697 
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Slight edit... all 6 of them had a cracked base... one just wasn't as noticeable.

At a failure rate of 100% I just don't see how this is going to be an option for me. I really wanted this to work out.

Something else that I found interesting is that the tank I got from Pet Supermarket didn't match the ones from Petco. The first came in a mostly white box and the rear glass was frosted. The six from Petco came in a mostly black box and the rear glass had a black metal mesh attached. Note too that the Pet Supermarket tank is the only one that didn't have a broken base, just a broken lid.

I think it really comes down to a design that needs to be addressed. The bases need to be made to withstand a bit more, or at least they need to be packaged a different way.

I contacted Hagen and they are sending the pics I provided over to their quality control. Maybe they'll be able to address it.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:34 PM   #698 
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Looks like petco is having a sale on their fluval products. 40% off! That makes the spec v 60 bucks instead of 100! Great deal for anyone looking to purchase this tank.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:43 PM   #699 
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The Spec tanks come in 2 different colours, black or white. White for some reason cost a bit more I've noticed.
Nobody else here seems to have a cracked anything on their tanks. Sounds like maybe they had a bad batch or maybe the staff at Petco dropped a skid or something. Can't they be exchanged?
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