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Fluval Spec V - Tres Islas Pequeñas (RETIRED: 10-30-13)

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Boneshaker

Welcome to my "Three Little Islands" (which as of 09-28-13, no longer has three little islands)

 

Seeing all these Spec V reefs... Might as well join the group.

 

I've had this tank sitting in the box, in my basement since Black Friday.

After working/learning on a 2 gallon Spec for a month, it was time to expand & try a 5 gallon reef.

 

START DATE: 01-09-13 (water's in) RETIRED: 10-30-13

 

HARDWARE:

  • Fluval Spec V
  • Flow - stock Fluval 83GPH & Eheim Compact 300 80 GPH
  • Heater - Hydor Theo 50W
  • Filtration - Modified stock foam media block Seachem Matrix & Seachem Purigen
  • Lighting - Stock Fluval LED (for now) Ecoxotic 8000K White Stunner w/ reflector, Ecoxotic Magenta/453nmBlue Stunner w/ reflector
  • Fluval Thermometer

SCAPE:

  • 6 pounds of CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand
  • 6-7 ponds of Live Rock

INVERTS:

  • 1 - Dwarf Zebra Hermit crab
  • 1 - Blue Leg Hermit crab
  • 1 - Royal Blue Tuxedo Urchin (02-21-13)
  • 1 - Turbo Snail
  • 2 - Banded Trochus Snails (08-25-13)
  • 1 - Emerald Crab (08-27-13)
  • 2 - Sexy Shrimp
  • 1 - Pom Pom Crab
  • 1 - Porcelain Crab
  • 1 - Nassarius Snail

LIVESTOCK:

  • 1 - Yellow Clown Goby

CORALS:

  • Green Star Polyps x 2
  • Anthelia (Waving Hands)

 

Current FTS 09-28-13

 

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07-02-13

 

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FTS: 03-12-13

 

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End Tank Shot: 03-05-13

 

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Wall Side Tank Shot: 03-13-13

 

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x3thelast

Rad.

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alexversa

What's are your plans on stocking this thing?

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Boneshaker

I like your mod with the 2nd flow nozzle thru the wall. I'll be drilling my 2nd flow in here in a few minutes. Those 2 - 40/80GPH pumps should do the trick for flow.

 

 

 

 

What's are your plans on stocking this thing?

 

 

Don't know yet. I'm looking at around for ideas. I'm still VERY new to the reef world.

 

I also have to figure out where I'm going to put it.

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fletch616

Awesome!! Keep us posted..mine is getting here on Monday..I cant wait! Thanks for any information you can provide!

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Boneshaker

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First MOD... Got this awesome idea from eklikewhoa and their "Little Jetty" reef.

 

Added a 2nd flow nozzle through the wall. With my 2 Eheim Compact 300 pumps, I will be able to have 80 to 160 GPH flow in this 5 gallon tank. I also used a step drill bit to drill the correct size hole thru the back wall for the nozzle fitting.

 

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shinynic

sweet! I will be following. <3

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MGDMIRAGE

Looks very promising!

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eklikewhoa

Congrats on the new spec!

 

Fill that lower hole on the back wall before filling the tank, it'll save you a lot of trouble later on.

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Boneshaker

Hhmmmm... Interesting. The Stock Fluval pump that came in this Spec V says: Model P-200 QMax 83GPH.

 

I'll have to think about using this, and I'll have to check my other 2 Spec Vs, to see if they have the same pump. After all, they do fit the pump bay very well.

 

Hmmm... After fitting both the Fluval & the Eheim pump under the foam block, I REALLY like how the Fluval pump sits below the foam block, along with thinner power cord on the Fluval.

 

Congrats on the new spec!

 

Fill that lower hole on the back wall before filling the tank, it'll save you a lot of trouble later on.

 

Thanks. This is my 3rd Spec V, the other two being fresh water. Yeah, I'll silicone that hole closed later today. I forgot to bring my tube of silicone to work with me tonight, otherwise it would be drying shut as we speak.

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eklikewhoa

Agreed, I had a second pump being the eheim compact and ditched it as soon as I found another fluval which I got from x3thelast.

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icedearth15324

Glad to see another person going the way of the Spec V. Will definitely be following the progress.

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melissa32

cool if ever i have to take down my bigger tank for whatever reason i might just get one like this ;)) it looks awesome ur gonna have nice flow... my lfs has one with just a few tiny corals or a small jellyfish and they look so great

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Boneshaker

Glad to see another person going the way of the Spec V. Will definitely be following the progress.

 

I really like the Spec V tanks. I have 2 set up for freshwater, one with Crystal Red & Black Shrimp & the other tank with a betta & some Orange Bee Shrimp.

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Boneshaker

Decissions, decissions, decissions... I like what I see in some of the longer live rock cave style reefs, and I like what I see with the lesser live rock swim thru reefs.

 

I guess the available live rock at me LFS will help dictate which direction I go.

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x3thelast

You could always smash the rock into smaller pieces that could be easier to scape.

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Boneshaker

You could always smash the rock into smaller pieces that could be easier to scape.

 

That's most likely what will happen. It might be fun/frustrating to "create" some shapes from a little larger rock. In my Spec, I purposely bought four smaller main pieces & two little bigger than rubble pieces, that I found over a few store visits.

 

I'm also half on the fence about going the direction of getting a small clown or two, because I'm mostly sure I'm going to change my 30 gallon Cichlid tank over to a reef in somewhat near future (have to start accumulating the proper equipment for it). Then I will at least have a place to move them to as they get bigger.

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icedearth15324

For LR, I bought a few small-ish pieces to make the base, and then I found a longer rock to put across them to make a cave. My clowns really seem to enjoy being able to swim through it, and it gives my crabs more places to hide.

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Boneshaker

Sand is in.

 

Also the 36" high black bookcase stand that this tank will set on is assembled.

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flypenfly

I would go with Seachem Matrix and Purigen.

 

2 bags of 100ml Purigen in my system has made my Tunze 90002 on my big Solana almost useless.

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Boneshaker

I would go with Seachem Matrix and Purigen.

 

2 bags of 100ml Purigen in my system has made my Tunze 90002 on my big Solana almost useless.

 

I have some Matrix. I'll have to look into the Purigen. Thanks !

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fletch616

Ive been stalking your post..thanks for all the info..i come from 10+ years of planted tank..still have a 72 bow and 75 planted set up..high tech CO2 and all...

 

I just got the Fluval V and gonna finally dive into the nano reef world..My success, on the planted side, came when I started using Seahcem Purigen!!

 

Im goin to use it in the nano tank! Just wanted to let you know you should try it too..it really does remove a lot of impurities and it definitely makes your water shine!

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eklikewhoa

purigen = magic beans

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trong

I have the same tank and its been running for about a month now. I really like the double nozzle, but think I would just screw it up if i tried to drill the tank.

 

My question is to those that have this tank. I using the stock pump, but also added a korilia hydor 425 powerhead. I just ordered a mini jet 404. do you think the 404 alone will be enough flow? I wanna take the powerhead out, its to bulky

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x3thelast

I have the same tank and its been running for about a month now. I really like the double nozzle, but think I would just screw it up if i tried to drill the tank.

 

My question is to those that have this tank. I using the stock pump, but also added a korilia hydor 425 powerhead. I just ordered a mini jet 404. do you think the 404 alone will be enough flow? I wanna take the powerhead out, its to bulky

Get the 606. The tank is too long. Depending on your scape you may have dead spots.

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