Fluval Spec Desktop Aquarium Kits 2.6 gallon Fluval Spec III
Fluval Spec 5 - Awesome
This setup is awesome. I have kept fish for many years and have never before seen a tank that is silent.
My betta and cory think they are in heaven.
The only thing I may add later on is a heater if it needs to be kept warmer but my office is pretty warm on it's own.
February 11, 2013
Great nano tank, and more space than Spec 2
I have had this tank running for about 10 days, and it's been excellent so far for my betta. The tank is mainly the same model as the Fluval Spec 2. This new version has a different LED light fixture that hangs over the lid and is not adjustable like the Spec 2 light. The small knob that tightens the clamp doesn't turn much but doesn't affect the light's performance. The 3-stage filtration is the same, and you may need something (spoon, fish net handle) to push the pump down into the compartment, but it fits fine once it's in (make sure to adjust the flow strength the way you want it before putting the pump in to avoid having to get it out again). The only other difference from the Spec 2 is obviously a bigger living space for tank inhabitants. The capacity rating is 2.6 gallons, but I found it to hold a little more, almost 3 gallons. I was interested in the Spec 2 previously, but didn't get it for either of my bettas because it's a little too small in my opinion.
As with the Spec 2, the Spec 3 filter pump's flow is adjustable, but still way too strong. Even on the lowest setting, it's much too strong for a betta. Fortunately this is easily remedied by inserting a tiny piece(s) of filter sponge into the nozzle. You will need something very tiny to jam it in with, such as a paper clip or pin of some kind. It will take some trial and error with different sized pieces of sponge, but it's worth it once you get a flow going that doesn't bother the fish.
If you have a tropical fish, you will probably need a heater. Obviously with a betta I needed one. I actually have 2 heaters in the back compartment of the tank, an 8 watt and a 10 watt, since one of them alone wasn't enough to keep the temperature at 78F or higher, especially since the weather is cooling down where I live. Also, depending on the wattage of your heater, you may have to move it from the filtration compartment to the other side of the wall into the living space of the tank (at least for a couple hours), since the pump flow might not adequately spread the heat around the tank. This will especially be true if you stuff sponge into the pump nozzle like I did to reduce strength of the water flow. Unless it's summer or you live in a very warm climate, I would recommend at least a 10 watt heater.
This is a great looking and well-functioning tank. The only negative issues for me are the excessively strong filter flow, which is fixable, and the difficulty of tightening the light fixture, which is a minor issue since a somewhat loose light still works fine and shouldn't be a problem unless you have pets or kids running around near the tank...plus the issue may only be with my unit to begin with. I strongly recommend this tank. I will update if I experience any problems.
November 3, 2012
Since I transferred my betta to this aquarium, he keeps on playing by going in front of the of the output nozzle and then swim around ALL DAY. He likes the bubbles too ( I added a mini air pump ) and doesn't bother the 5 neon tetras. My only complain is the deep blue night light switch, looks like a loose connection that it takes an average of three tries to work. If this gets worse, I'll ask for a replacement.
February 10, 2013
Pretty good all-in-one for the price
Really nice dimensions and layout and love the frosted glass surrounding the filter chambers. Light and pump are on the lacking side though but for the price it's hard to complain about it.
November 12, 2012