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.
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.
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?