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Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon

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  • 5 gallon Nano aquarium
  • Etched-glass tank with aluminum trim
  • Powerful 37 LED Lighting System
  • Includes foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings
  • Size: 17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 Inch
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Product Details

Color: Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 17.2 x 10.6 inches ; 11.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0089E5VLC
  • Item model number: 10516
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,062 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

Color: Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Fluval Spec is a contemporary-looking aquarium designed for small areas such as desktops and countertops. This 5 gallon etched-glass aquarium with aluminum trim combines style and functionality in one small package. Though small in stature, Fluval Spec is big on features. It comes with a sleekly-designed overhanging lighting system, consisting of 37 powerful LED lamps, that arches above the aquarium to provide brilliant illumination for plants and décor. The aquarium includes a powerful circulation pump with adjustable output nozzle and a large 3-stage filtration system that provides more than enough filtration for ultra clean and clear water. It also comes with all the necessary filter media: a porous foam block with convenient handle, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings for effective and thorough mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. The pump and filtration system are conveniently located in a separate chamber at one end of the aquarium to simplify maintenance.


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Customer Reviews

Cons - The lid is not glass but a flimsy plastic.
Donald M. Pollack
The pump can be adjusted to a setting that is quite manageable when you adjust the swivel output nozzle to point towards the bottom and against the glass.
Rick E.
The tank is very aesthetically pleasing and looks great.
S. Gonzalez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Rick E. on June 3, 2013
Product Packaging: Standard PackagingColor Name: Black
I didn't get this tank through Amazon, but the reviews on this site gave me the insight to make the purchase anyway, so I thought I should give back to the great customers who educated me.

I give this tank a 5 star rating, even considering the strong filter pump. The pump can be adjusted to a setting that is quite manageable when you adjust the swivel output nozzle to point towards the bottom and against the glass. There are quiet spots in the water, even in this 5.5 gallon aquarium, that my Half Moon Betta can hover in and look very peaceful. Plus, I put in a large piece of hollow driftwood to give my Betta a place to escape if need be. Actually, he seems to enjoy the water output (which is 1" from the top of the water line) as he often swims directly up into the stream all the way to the top of the tank. He'll do this three or four times, then pull over and rest. I imagine he's getting some fishy exercise. Reminds me of a dog hanging his head out the window of a moving car. In still water, Bettas tend to be calm swimmers, but this tank provides just enough room and water circulation to keep my Betta quite active. And he's not being pushed around, he's patrolling the tank like the Type A personality that Siamese Fighting Fish are know to be.

The construction is clear glass. I have 5 small live plants, a moss ball, smooth gravel and the driftwood. The underwater pump is the quietest I have ever had, and I've been maintaining aquariums for over 20 years. It's on my desk and I sit about 2 feet away. I hear the air conditioning, the refrigerator and conversations outdoors before I can hear this pump. Perfect for an office environment.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Suess on February 2, 2013
Product Packaging: Standard PackagingColor Name: Black
Great tank for an office or bedroom. Looks very stylish and the filtration system is silent and discreet. There's even a place to hide a water heater. The only thing that needs improvement is the included light. Don't get me wrong, it illuminates the tank evenly and adequately, but the way it's mounted causes the thing to sag on one end and it's not bright enough to grow most plants. Because of this I replaced the included lamp with a Finnex Ray 2 and it fits the tank perfectly!
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Product Packaging: Standard PackagingColor Name: Black
When I first bought this, I dubbed it the macbook of fishtanks. So pretty and streamlined, with easy-to-clean glass, multicolored LED lights, and best of all a built in filter that hid all the usual ugly aquarium equipment. The box says it's good for bettas too? A dream come true! Sort of... not really.

I've had this tank for a year and a half and yes, it's still pretty and the glass is still easy to clean; unfortunately, the LEDs are not strong enough to sustain any plant other than java ferns, and that built in filter is a nightmare for my little half moon and a massive headache for me.

I made all the recommended adjustments to the flow rate and directional nozzle, but I was still getting a fire hose/vortex situation on the output/intake of the filter (note: the vortex does not come from the large intake slots along the top, but a small, sneaky hole near the bottom of the wall that hides the filter, more on that later). I've since tinkered with a half dozen modifications to dampen the flow and still retain a decent amount of filtration. What has finally worked for me is to jam a small aquarium sponge in front of the filter output between the heater (attached to the filter wall) and the glass. I also propped a seashell in front of the vortex near the bottom because that thing grabbed a huge chunk of of little Borrito's caudal fin, splitting it in two. Ouch.

To all the people with bettas who "like to swim in the current": It seemed like my betta was exhibiting this behavior too and was spending a lot of time near/in the outflow. But when I turned off the filter, he spent a full 15 minutes flaring and wriggling all over the outflow, which is a very aggressive posture. Like he was trying to fight/kill the outflow nozzle. Told me all I needed to know.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2013
Product Packaging: Standard PackagingColor Name: White
I actually have this tank in Black, not that the color makes a difference in how it all works, which is very well indeed.

The sponge filter medium is HUGE for the size of the tank, and has two good-sized cutouts to hold the bio-beads and any other medium you might want to put in the filter. I added a second bag of bio-beads as this tank was replacing a "standard" 5 gallon that had a betta and a couple oto cats in it. By using the bio-beads from the existing tank's filter I had no concerns about cycling the tank before moving my fish into it.

The filter pump is surprisingly powerful for its small size, even on the lowest setting, so much so that I had to make a spray bar return for it to reduce the force of the water coming back from the filter. My betta was getting "blown" around the tank because the current was so strong, and it made us both unhappy. With the home-made spray bar my betta was much more comfortable.

Because the center of the lid is open (so it doesn't block any of the light from the LEDs) the tank is prone to evaporation loss more than it otherwise would be. As I do weekly water changes this isn't much of an issue, and it is common with open-topped tanks anyway. But I wanted others to know that it is something to deal with if that matters to you.

The light works well and my live plants are growing nicely with it. The screw that holds the light bar in place is only plastic, and seems to have stripped the threads even with careful handing, so I will probably have to replace it with a metal screw so the light bar is more secure. I have the light on a timer, so the 2-way switch for white vs.
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