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Old 07-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #1 
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Fluval Spec V Aquarium

I bought a Fluval Spec V Aquarium to house a betta and I'm puzzled by the location of the output nozzle.

I started setting up aquariums 40 years ago when you put the angel hair and charcoal in a plastic housing, stuck an air tube in it and placed it firmly in the corner of your tank. Later I "upgraded" to a foam filter and loved that simplicity.

But this Fluval Spec V has the water reaching the filter from the TOP of the aquarium, basically skimming the water surface, then shooting the water back out through a nozzle at the TOP of the tank.

Now, I have great respect for the legendary Fluval company. Back in the day, they were a German manufacturing company making the finest outside filters you could buy. I eventually bought a system for a 55 gal. aquarium and loved the industrial design of the filter. But, I can't see how this Fluval Spec V setup is going to keep my aquarium water filtered efficiently. And here's my question: for those of you who have this set-up, where do you point the nozzle for the best results?

Rick and Ralphie (the beta)
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:16 PM   #2 
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Look on YouTube but there is also a great Fluval thread here that has some great tips and mods.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:20 PM   #3 
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Hmm, I point mine against the glass. :p I never worried too much about the flow, it seems fine to me.
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Modfish,
thanks for the tip; I never thought about Youtube.

Olympia,
I currently have mine pointed to the glass and up to break the surface tension.
BTW, how often do you rinse out your filter sponge?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #5 
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I've only had the tank for two weeks so I haven't yet. :O The filter compartment is so tiny and annoying, I probably won't clean it very often. :p
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