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Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||15.5 x 11.5 x 24.5 inches|
|Item Weight||13.9 Pounds|
About this item
- 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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Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon
While the redesigned SPEC stays true to its classic modern styling, this popular nano aquarium series features an impressive high-output 7000 K LED, which generates 20% brighter lighting performance for noticeably bolder fish colors and plant growth. SPEC does not disappoint where filtration is concerned either, boasting a powerful 3-stage system with oversized mechanical, chemical and biological media for unparalleled water clarity.
- Stylish honeycomb design conceals back filtration area while looking ultra modern
- 7000 K high-output LED appropriate for healthy plant growth
- Powerful 3-stage oversized mechanical, chemical and biological filtration
Comes Complete With:
- Glass aquarium with cover
- LED lighting system
- Safe, low-voltage transformer
- Circulation pump with output nozzle
- Fluval foam filter block with handle
- Fluval activated carbon insert
- Fluval BioMax insert
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.
Product detailsColor:Black | Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 15.5 x 11.5 x 24.5 inches; 13.9 Pounds
- Item model number : 10516A2
- Date First Available : June 6, 2012
- Manufacturer : Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
- ASIN : B0089E5VLC
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#9,800 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
- #17 in Aquarium Starter Kits
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And I discovered that it's pretty much a myth that fish can live in bowls. There is essentially no species of fish that can live in captivity without a filter, a heater, and at LEAST 3-5 gallons of space. Fish like bettas and goldfish are super hardy and they will SURVIVE for extended periods in room temperature, unfiltered bowls, but that doesn't mean they should. Goldfish at the pet store even live in full tanks - the only reason the poor bettas don't get to is because they're too aggressive to live together. I also learned that bettas might like to hang out and rest in rice paddies, because they're shallow enough to be still and warm, and there's often food, but they get there from the rivers they live in, where they swim for miles and miles. They need space! Which is why they don't do well together.
Horrified at my unwitting Fish Abuse, I was on a mission to get my cold and cramped little buddy a whole new setup, but I had no aquarium experience. I had learned that Fluval was one of the more reputable and high-end aquarium brands, and since my space was limited, I wanted something no less than 3 gallons but no more than 5, with a slim profile, lights (for fun), and a built-in filter so it wouldn't look clunky. I was nervous, but damn did the Spec V deliver.
It's narrow, it's quiet, it's the perfect size, and it looks FANTASTIC. The built-in filter compartment keeps the design clean, and even has enough room to stick the heater in so it's hidden. The LEDs are a nice brightness, and the blue nighttime mode is really beautiful, while the tall, skinny shape makes it more fun to decorate. Plus the lid is thin plastic with the LEDs above it, so it's not some big ugly black thing like the hoods on most aquariums. I bought the Fluval EDGE Pre-Filter Sponge to go over the end of the filter, which I angled toward the glass, because it's a bit strong for a betta, and because the sponge will blow right off if you don't press it against the side. I also got the Marina C25 Compact Heater , and the Marina Floating Thermometer so I can keep an eye on things, and so far everything is working GREAT!
It's only been a few weeks, but my bud is about 100x more active, he's eating way more, and his color and fins look better than they ever have. Plus he loves the filter! He hangs out in the current, he sleeps right next to the heater, he roots around in the rocks, and he swims all over! I feel such guilt that I didn't do this for him sooner, but I'm ecstatic that he's obviously so much happier, and the whole thing looks so sleek. I find myself just sitting and staring at it. Especially with an actual happy and active fish inside, it's truckloads more impressive than a bowl.
It's been over a year.
I am still using this tank and I still love it, but just some additional things I've noticed and learned.
— I switched to the Hydor 25W heater, because it's more powerful and you can adjust it by degrees. Sometimes if it's hot outside or warm in my room, the temp in the tank gets a little high, or it'll drop if it gets cold, so I can turn the heat just a little up or down as needed, which I like.
— I also switched to the Hallcrest LCR thermometer, because it's super thin and sticks to the outside of the tank and has a digital readout, which is easier and looks way better than the suction cup one, which kept coming loose and floating away.
— Because of the open lid, this tank evaporates very quickly. I have to top it off with treated water probably once a week, so the level doesn't sink too low over the grate that leads to the filter. Most tanks need topping off, so I don't consider this to be a problem, really, but just something to be aware of.
— The way my tank is decorated in the pictures is much too bare for a betta. They like to hide. I've since added a floating betta log, and a whole bunch of tall silk plants, and he's much happier. He chills in the log all the time, and rests on the leaves of the plants. Don't forget that betta fins are very, very, delicate, so make sure there's nothing in your tank that can snag. A good trick I learned is to drag a nylon stocking through the tank. If it catches on anything, that thing is probably not great for bettas. Also make sure your plants aren't blocking your betta from getting to the surface to breathe, or accessing other parts of the tank. I even switch out and move the plants and decor around every couple months to keep him entertained.
One last thing: A few people have mentioned that this review helped them realize they need to upgrade their bettas and goldfish from bowls which is GREAT. So I just wanted to put out a reminder in case people don't know, that filtered aquariums need to be cycled. Meaning you can't just fill them up and put a fish in - the tank needs time to establish it's little ecosystem of bacteria that makes the filter work. If you put a fish in too early, the water will be toxic. Definitely research this if you don't know how to do it, but it basically entails adding tiny bits of ammonia to the tank and monitoring the chemical levels until they hit the proper point for fish to live. It usually take weeks, so you CAN cycle a tank right away by using API Quick Start, but I think it's generally frowned upon in the aquarium community because it can be risky to just dump in the bacteria and hope for the best instead of letting it grow organically on its own. But it is an option, and it's way faster. I started to cycle the tank the right way, and after like two months it just would NOT kick in, so I finally broke down and used Quick Start and I had no issues. I even add a few drops every time I do a water change to keep the filter happy.
Switched out the pics for new and better ones with plants and all!
BUT, if you would prefer your betta not park himself there, THAT is an easy fix, too. Take one of the black bread ties that comes with the tank and thread it through the middle of the vent slots, hauling the filter sponge up to the waterline by the sponge handle. Then thread the tie through the handle too and twist, affixing it to the vent slot (see photo below). This will hoist the filter it up to the waterline, rather than letting it rest on the bottom (see photo).This will prevent your fish from parking there because it slows the suction so he can't use it. All of that takes less than 5 minutes and is well worth it to own this beautiful tank that keeps the water crystal clear and is a beautiful addition to my daughter's room. The fixes were worth it to own the tank and I'd buy it again.
3 YEARS LATER UPDATE: Can't believe this tank is still going and awesome. The motor is still running perfectly. My daughter got it 3 years ago and now my son wants a fish tank, too. Looking forward to buying a second one of these. It is the only tank I will buy. In fact, I checked to make sure the tank is still manufactured with the intake slats that reviewers below complain that bettas get "stuck" to because for bettas, that is my favorite feature of this tank. It still functions as a built in betta hammock where he loves to sleep. We are now on our second betta since the one in the picture above died happily of old age, and the newer betta goes right to the slats to sleep and uses the suction there to keep himself just below the water, just like the first fish! In addtion, this tank has proved exceedingly easy to care for with a weekly water change of about 20%. In addition to help keep it crystal clear without chemicals, buy a cheap but long turkey baster and do spot cleanings. After a few months fish debris gathers in the gravel as in every tank. Stick the baster down through the gravel to the bottom and you'll suck up a bunch of brown stuff. Spot clean from time to time and you are good to go and you'll never have an ammonia spike. Good luck!
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The LED lights are ok, great for a small community tank but are a bit of a pain as you must move them out of the way to get into the tank but they seem more than adequate for most low-maintenance plants. The top has a long opening in the middle which allows for a bit more evaporation than a fully-covered tank, and the condensation on the underside of the top is a bit of a pain when moving it. The light also has a sliding switch which is not as easy to use as the touch on and off lights on many other tanks but I have put the light plug in a switched power strip which has solved that problem.
Overall, it is a lovely little tank, although the corners with the metal corner strips do interfere with a clear view, but compared to our other 19l which is an Interpet Nano, it's a far better tank in the ways that matter, especially the filtration. Get at least a 50w nano-heater as the 25w in ours is struggling to keep the tank at anything above 22c.
For the price, it's a nice little tank, and one we enjoy.
I have had a few issues with it though. The pump stopped working in less than a year, I have had fish get stuck in the filter area and there's no way of getting them out unless you empty the tank and turn it upside down. The lid gets all limescale over it pretty quickly and it's hard to find a replacement. I also have to clean it out every 5 days, as the waste builds up on the gravel because the filter holes are at the top of tank and doesn't suck it up.
Overall, it's a good tank but it does have issues.