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Old 11-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 
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Sleek tank recommendation

Hi, everyone,

I bought a Fluval Spec V this afternoon, brought it home, aquascaped and planted it, and then set it up to run. Within a few minutes, it was leaking all over the place. The front seam was bad and no amount of caulk (all I had on hand) was going to help.

So now I'm looking again. Thing is, the Spec V wasn't as awesome in person as I was hoping it would be. I love the sleek look of it, the hidden filter and heater, etc, but I guess it looked more like a traditional tank in person than my Spec III does. Do any of you have any recommendations for a 5ish gallon tank that's functional but also has a smooth, modern look?

Thanks so much for the help!
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:09 PM   #2 
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I love the Fluval Edge - very pretty. BiOrb is also lovely. However, they are also both very expensive. I believe ADA has some fancy-pants tanks. My preference is Blue Planet's Classic 20 litre, which is long and slender, but I don't know if they are available in the US.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:15 PM   #3 
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Thank you for the opinions! The Fluval Edge is beautiful but boy....the pricetag. There's no getting around that. I already got the "my wife has four fish tanks and two fish" teasing from my husband tonight (hey! they're getting upgrades and you always need a hospital tank!). I love the BiOrbs, too and was tempted by one, but I don't think it'll have that sleek look I like once I have to add the heater and whatever else. There's nowhere to hide the cords or anything because it's so open. What I like about the Spec V is how long and thin it is...is there anything else on the market like that but that hides the heater/cords?

Tank shopping is fun but so intimidating! There are WAY too many choices.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #4 
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I'm partial to the The Fluval Spec III. Built in sponge filter, you can put the heater in the filter compartment, Nice size, adequate LED light for low light plants. I own a Spec and an Edge. I perfect the Spec.

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Old 11-17-2013, 09:03 PM   #5 
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I have the Spec III. I did a lot of research before buying it because I was looking for a smaller tank. This one has the looks and the filter is amazing. With a heater is perfect for a Betta.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:30 PM   #6 
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I have been considering cutting the top off of my Edge, it such a pain in the rear to work with. I wouldn't do it again
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:54 PM   #7 
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i always liked the eheim aquastyle or the schuber wright rimless style aquariums.the eheim is on sale for $75 on the petsmart website, it was $150. but i seem drawn to expensive nano tanks. i love my mr.aqua rimless bowfront. i put a finnex fugeray light and a fluval 106 on it. think i spent around $200 on it. should have my head examined,but i am extremely satisfied with it,super easy to clean.i may have to pick up one of the aquastyles for myself, very pretty tank. mr. aqua makes a 12 gallon long rimless that is also very beautiful. it is long and shallow,makes me wonder about filtration though.

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Old 11-18-2013, 06:36 AM   #8 
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I have a Spec III (unfortunately, I haven't been able to put the fish in it yet as he has a mild case of fin rot and is getting 100% changes every day) and it's so pretty. I absolutely love the look. I have low windows in my family room and thought the V would look great underneath them, since it's long and thin. I'm drawn to really expensive nano tanks, too, though I wish I weren't. I might just exchange this leaky one (that SUCKED) for a new V. Any other styles jump out at you? I want it to be "zen." :)
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:36 AM   #9 
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http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-tanks.html check through there in the nano and small tanks they ahve some awesome deal look at the clearance sextion as well, I just got a 6'6 gal for 28 bucks hood light and ug filter, looks sharp great price, most of them are free shipping but there is like a 5 dollar "special handleing" fee
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #10 
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im about to get a used aqueon evolve 4gallon. it has a builtin filter with a place where you can hide your heater. it looks like theres no cords at all. you should try craigslist once in a while to find deals. isaw a fluval edge 6gallon looking almost new with replaced lights and heater for 75. you could probably offer 20%less than their asking
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