Are you growing those beautiful plants with the PCL13 Fluval Mini Power Compact Lamp (13 watt) ?
How did you mount your PCL lamp to the Spec III tank ?
It appears that the bracket for the LED light that comes with the tank is in the way.
I just wanted to share with all the dedicated Betta enthusiasts on this thread what I believe to be is the 'absolutely perfect' heater for the Fluval Spec III.
After buying and trying some half a dozen heaters (with thermostats and with temperature preset with thermostats) I decided to stop wasting time and money on heaters that invariably always fell short on temperature control and performance.
THE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT HEATER THAT I ALLUDED TO IS THE 'COBALT NEO-THERM SUBMERSIBLE AQUARIUM HEATER' FROM COBALT AQUATICS.
It is electronic and the 50 watt model heats my Spec III tank perfectly to my set temperature of 80 degrees with virtually no variation whatsoever.
Granted it is a little more expensive than most heaters, but it is available on eBay and it fits absolutely perfectly into the pump compartment of the Fluval Spec III.
+Steven--I have highly suggested the Cobalt Neo Therm many times here and I completely agree. Yes, they are expensive but well worth it. I have over the past year or so changed out almost all of my heaters to these, with four tanks to go. The quality is exceptional. I prefer the fact that these hold up well and I do not have to spend money to replace defective heaters that give out. As an example, I purchased 4 Hydor 25 watt heaters, and all four malfunctioned within a year.
I want to give my bettas and other fish the best out there, even if I have to cut budget somewhere else to do so.
Perfect solution to the fluval spec return nozzle output issue
And, another important point to mention is that Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm heaters come with a 3 year warranty !!!!!
After much trial and error, and ripped fins, I have solved another PROBLEMATIC issue that we have all faced with our Fluval Spec's -controlling and regulating RETURN OUTPUT AND CURRENT from the output nozzle.
My simple and inexpensive solution, and it really does work absolutely perfectly, is to slip over the return output nozzle of the Fluval Spec, believe it or not, a Fluval Edge Prefilter Sponge and lock it into place with a thermometer.
It is really just that simple and really just that effective and perfect !!!!!
Those tanks look amazing! It's funny because those tanks look exactly like mine! Except mine's a Aqua One Panoramic 29 (8 gallon) - I live in Aus. And we don't get Fluval...
Does anyone cover their filter intake?