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Fluval SPEC Desktop Glass Aquarium, 2-gallon

by Fluval
4.5 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
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  • 2-gallon aquarium with molded cover / 40 gallons per hour Circulation Pump with Output Nozzle
  • Frosted glass conceals the filtration components from view on the sides of the aquarium
  • 3-stage filtration chamber with coarse foam, carbon, and Biomax
  • Filter is fully-integrated into the back wall of the aquarium
  • 7.25 inches long, 9.25 inches wide, 10 inches tall; 2-year warranty
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Product Description

Fluval Spec Aquarium
The Fluval Spec is the ideal two gallon glass desktop aquarium that combines style and functionality into one small package. Its integrated 3-stage filtration and powerful LED lighting exceeds one’s expectation from an aquarium this size.
Fluval Spec Aquarium


The unique Nano design features a frosted glass background that conceals the integrated filtration system, where the powerful circulation pump pumps 40 gallons per hour. It is also designed with brushed aluminum edges and a plastic cover. Although small in stature the Fluval Spec Aquarium is big on features, including the oversized 3-stage filtration with removal handle for easy maintenance that comes with the aquarium:

Mechanical: Porous foam block traps large particles and debris

Chemical: Activated carbon adsorbs unwanted odors, discolorations and impurities

Biological: BIOMAX insert provides optimal colonization of beneficial bacteria and enhances the nitrification of fish wastes.


In addition, The Fluval Spec features a sleek, round pendant of LED lights, which puts out a pleasant full spectrum natural daylight, ideal for growing small plants. The Spec includes a powerful LED light fixture that includes 31 LED lights conveniently located above the aquarium to provide brilliant illumination for plants, fish and décor with a convenient on/off switch.

Fluval Spec is the smallest of our Nano aquariums and can be used to provide a cozy home to smaller fish and to create beautiful plant displays. The addition of a few decorative aquatic snails adds interest as well and they help keep the aquarium free of algae. The Fluval Spec is the perfect aquarium to keep your office desk or small nook in your house filled with simple but beautiful décor.

The Fluval Spec Aquarium makes an ideal gift for those who want to have the beauty of an aquarium without having an abundance of fish life. The Fluval Spec is a great fish tank for one or two smaller fish and also provides the perfect home for aquatic plant life. The possibilities are endless in the Spec and it is an aquarium that truly allows you to get your feet wet with designing an aquatic world. It comes with everything you need to get your aquatic home started.


What’s In The Box

• Two gallon glass aquarium with molded cover

• LED light unit

• Circulation pump 40 GPH with output nozzle

• Foam filter block

• Activated carbon insert

• BIOMAX insert

• Safe, low voltage transformer

• Adjustable flow control

Fluval Spec Aquarium

Maintaining your aquarium


To ensure the well-being of aquarium inhabitants, it is essential to maintain your aquarium. At the very minimum, remove 20% of the water once a week and replace with tap water that is of similar temperature to your tank and treated with the correct dose of Nutrafin Aqua Plus.

Note: Regular replacement of Fluval filter media is essential to ensure optimum performance.The filter media should be changed alternately in order to maintain continuous biological activity. To enhance bacterial action, pour a dose of Nutrafin Cycle onto your filter inserts each time you change the media.

Fluval Spec Aquarium

Installing your aquarium


1. Thoroughly rinse the aquarium, cover and filter media, using fresh water and a damp cloth. Never use soap on any component placed in your aquarium as soap is harmful to fish.

Note: Place aquarium on a level, sturdy surface; away from any electrical equipment, direct sunlight, drafts, heat sources or high traffic areas.

2. Position filters media pump and outlet.

3. Using the Allen key, secure light unit into aquarium.

4. When filling aquarium with water, add the correct doses of Nutrafin Aqua Plus, tap water conditioner and Nutrafin Cycle, a biological aquarium supplement (sold separately)

Note: Consult with your fish dealer for proper species and fish stocking levels.

Fluval Spec Aquarium


Fluval Spec Aquarium

Product Details

Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.2 x 10 inches ; 7.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0047XMQBM
  • Item model number: 10510A1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,765 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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RE-EDIT:
As of November 2013, the unit is still amazing. LED's going strong, pumps still works and tank is not leaking. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a pico tank...

EDIT:
I purchased this tank a little over 3 months ago, and I now have to edit my review.
Unfortunately, one LED in the light started to flicker just 2 and a half months in, and went out completely at 3 months. I contacted the company and they say they will send me a new one when they get them in again, but they couldn't tell me when that might be. I'm not sure if they were serious or if I was given a brush-off. Now several bulbs are completely out or are flickering. At this rate, within the year, the light will no longer function - please see the video review I uploaded (trying to anyway) to see what the lights are doing.
RE-EDIT:
Fluval did indeed send replacement a light, and a year and a half later and it is still going strong. Fluval acknowledged that they received a shipment of bad lights, and are doing their best to remedy the situation. And I can attest that there is enough light to grow live plants in this tank. I have 2 species of Java Fern and both are growing crazily.

I will update this review again to let the public know how the company finally handled it...

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I had originally bought a "GloFish" 3.5 gallon tank for my Betta. Couldn't get one that didn't have a scratched tank, so I did some more research and found this little gem and I couldn't be more tickled with it.

It is sort of small - has a footprint about the size of an IPad and claims to hold 2 gallons. The glass on the back compartment is frosted, so you can not see the equipment, a very nice feature, IMO. The glass (real glass - NOT acrylic!
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This nano tank is basically without flaw, unless it is expected to function as something it isn't. It really isn't a good "beginner" tank, small tanks require more knowledge and care to maintain, not less. I think that accounts for the majority of poor reviews, especially when the tank itself is accused of "killing" a purchasers fish!
First, this is not a goldfish, livebearer, or community tank. It is too small. If you try to use it for any of those and they die it isn't the tank's fault. Two gallons is too small for the majority of commonly kept species. The one exception of course is a Betta, which some would also object to, but that's another story. Please note however, the Fluval Spec is not marketed specifically as a Betta tank. It makes a fine one with some simple adjustments however. It also makes a lovely plant only tank. With refinements, it could be a very pretty ornamental shrimp, dwarf crayfish, or dwarf frog aquarium.
For a Betta you generally need to quell the turbulence generated by the filtration system. This is easily accomplished by fitting a piece of sponge OVER the exhaust nozzle, not stuffing it inside it as others suggest. A one inch square piece can be cut from the filter block, and a small slit cut partway in it so it slips tightly over the nozzle for the purpose. It's black sponge and nearly invisible in the tank. The sponge will diffuse the flow without reducing it the way an airstone breaks up large roiling bubbles into small gentle ones. You retain the filtration rate but your Betta doesn't feel like he's living in the washing machine.
The filter seems to be the most misunderstood part of the kit, but it's a major strong point. Yes, the pump is a snug fit and requires a net handle or similar to seat it, but it will stay put.
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I was initially keeping my betta in a wall-mounted bowl with no filtration, light, etc. That lasted about a week, and I started looking for something more roomy and easy to maintain. I found this tank at my local pet store on sale. I read some reviews online and went ahead. In my reading, the most common complaint was that the four corners each have a band of metal where the glass joins are. This isn't a problem for me, as I typically only view this tank from one angle (from where I'm sitting now). I could see if you were used to a tank with very clean or invisible joins, this might be a drawback.

My single betta loves the extra space (people tend not to give bettas much room), and I love that there's built in filtration! I don't run it all the time, as it tends to be a bit strong for his liking, but I do run it about one hour a day. This keeps most crud out of my betta's living space. The light that comes with the tank throws a fairly harsh white light, but I suspect you could switch this out for another tank-mounted light if you wanted to.

To give you an idea, the tank is big enough that I have a single 8" plant (plastic), a 2.5" diameter moss ball (real), and a single structure for my betta to hide in. Beneath all this, I have about 1.5" of substrate to which I'll be adding mini clams next week!

Very good tank for beginners (me!) or for small spaces.
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I did a lot of research before buying this tank, and I strongly considered a Fluval Ebi as well, but I will be keeping this tank at work, and I don't have a lot of room for a tank. This pint-sized all-in-one tank fit the bill for me. The built-in filter system takes up 1/4 of the entire tank volume! That's quite large. It should help a lot with keeping the water parameters stable in such a small tank.

In my particular case, I built the Spec to be a planted freshwater dwarf shrimp tank. I've been debating putting some Bororas in there, but I really don't think it's enough room for them to swim around comfortably. Since the shrimp generally don't swim around much, they should be quite at home in such a small tank as they go about their daily lives keeping the tank clean and algae free. And to be quite honest, the shrimp are much more fun to watch than most fish.

The tank only took minutes to assemble. Keep in mind that unlike some of the other tanks by Fluval, this one does not come with any substrate/gravel/sand. This makes sense as this tank also seems quite popular with the salt water pico-tank crowd. Just remember to order appropriate substrate when you order your tank.

The pump is very powerful, and right away, I had to turn it down to it's minimum setting.

It's been up and running for about a week now, and the pump is pretty quiet. Not silent, but I can't hear it next to my 8 gallon nano-tank with it's filter running. I have yet to add a heater to the tank, but will be looking for a small heater that will fit in the back of the tank in the filter/pump compartment.

Overall quality of construction is very good. I'm considering getting another one of these, but I'm not sure where I'd put it at the moment.
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