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Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White

Etched glass and aluminum highlights for a sleek, modern designPerfect countertop or desktop fish tankIncludes 37 powerful LED lights to illuminate your fish and décorIncludes a 3-stage filtration systemComes with foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings
Average Customer Rating:
3.5 / 5
3.5
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5
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4 out of 6(67%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer Reviews for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
Review 1 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Detailed Review - Gorgeous, but some things to consider...

PostedSeptember 5, 2014
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from Pasadena, CA
Alright, let me explain why I gave this a three and not a five paw.I'll admit, most of it is due to the obscure advertising online- the product itself is pretty decent if it's the right thing for the right buyer.
This tank is small, slim and very stylish. It comes in black or white, I have black. It does come with a cover that is at the bottom of the box. DO make sure it's there. It also comes with an above water LED light that slips onto the side and has a bright white light or a dimmer dark blue for night.Filter materials are provided in the kit. It's size is good for a couple schools of small fish, it can fit about three tall plants and one or two shorts ones depending on how many decorations you decide to put in and how big they are. It can also fit a heater and thermometer. I also have a underwater color changing light and bubbler in the back.
The filter is VERY good and keeps the tank sparkling and clear. However, and this is my only complaint, the filter exit where the water goes back into the main part of the tank is strong EVEN on the lowest setting. I would NOT suggest getting it for a betta due to their delicate fins. I made that mistake and am currently looking for a way to fix it. You could simply just not turn on the filter, but for the design of the tank- it could make cleaning and water quality keeping an even harder challenge.
Putting it together is a bit of a hassle, but it can be done. It's not SO bad for the pretty tank it is. The first part of the filter the water goes through to be cleaned is easy as pie, it's figuring out the pump and getting it to fit that is a pain in the posterior region.
Always look up the fish you plan to put into this tank on the web before going and finding them to bring home. Some look small but can and WILL outgrow the tank. It is a MYTH all fish will grow to fit their tank. You do have to be selective with the size and number of fish you put in this tank. If they need large schools, more than three (for larger fish like some bottom feeders) or five (for tin fish like tetras)- consider another species. If they need tanks larger than 5 gallons, don't subject them to this smaller tank.
Always, always look at the reviews for any product, do your research on the fish and if you can, buy the tank and start up decor in the shop, not online. This is the best way to prevent buying things that don't fit or a tank that is not the size or dimension you want.
I've had this tank for about a month and a half and have had zero issues with the lights or filter like some other reviews have said about this brand.
There is a picture of the tank attached. My betta helped me take a good size comparison picture.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Fish Tank

PostedAugust 15, 2014
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from Wisconsin
The tank is rather small and high priced. The filter part of the tank is well thought up and practically out of sight however the pump that fits in there is small and barely will be enough plus it ends up being a prime spot for algae to accumulate. The LED stripe works well for lighting but the ac/dc adapter will get fairly hot. All in all not a very good choice for a tank.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Review 3 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
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5 / 5
5 / 5

pretty

PostedFebruary 27, 2014
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from roanoke va
This is easy to clean. It is durable. I would buy again.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 4 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
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1 / 5
1 / 5

2 Lights In 5 Months!

PostedFebruary 4, 2014
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from MH, AR
How does anyone else not have this issue? People must be reviewing long before the light goes out. Think! Open hole in the top, Light above, and a heater in the tank! Thank god it has a 2 year warranty, cause I am on light #3 after 5 months. Check the picture. First light did not have the clear cover and LED's started falling into the tank. Second one has a cover. Made it last 3 months instead of 2. I am telling you.
Also, thanks to the open top, you will be filling it every 2 weeks or the filter will not work correctly.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Review 5 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
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5 / 5
5 / 5

very nice looking

PostedSeptember 24, 2013
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from Midwest
We bought this in the white and it looks awesome. It is a little odd to feed the fish because of the lid but you can always take it off. I like how everything is hidden I bought a little heater and it fit right inside the compartment. The size is a downgrade from my daughters 10 gallon. At first she heard that she had to get rid a few fish because of it and wasn't happy. Till she saw it set up. She loves it. we have fan tail guppies red fin shark and 2 little catfish.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 6 for Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit in White
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent little aquarium

PostedMarch 31, 2013
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from San Diego
I've had this set up and running for a couple months now. It's a great little tank! The selling point was definitely looks--the filter and pump are all enclosed so it's neat and tidy, a huge benefit for a small space. It delivered on that, and is also very easy to set up and maintain. Small tanks require extra care, and since the entire lid and light just lift off, frequent water changes are very easy to do with minimal mess.
I have a single dwarf gourami and this tank seems the perfect size for him. The LED strip is perfect for low light plants. I have a couple moderate-high light plants that are growing, but not thriving.
This tank would also be perfect for a betta, but may need a baffle on the filter outflow to calm the water movement. I wouldn't recommend it for shrimps or snails though--the lid doesn't fit securely and the water level must be kept high to ensure flow into the filter compartment. A small group of schooling fish would be reasonably happy in here, but there's not much swimming space for fast, active fish like danios.
A few setup tips--use the plastic screw to level the lamp after sliding it into the bracket, or it droops. Since the tank is so narrow, take extra care to plant and decorate toward the center to leave space to clean the glass. It looks great with a black background, but would be even better in a place where it could be viewed from both sides.
I only made two modifications--I blocked the filter overflow hole with a piece of thin black plastic, and cut up the sponge filter to fit a heater into the compartment. I couldn't find an adjustable heater that would fit into the pump compartment, as was suggested in other online reviews. I added an extra pack of ceramic media to compensate for the lost sponge capacity. I don't use the carbon.
This tank is ready to go as is, or with some small changes offers several different options for fish and plants. I only wish it came in a bigger size--the easy maintenance and good looks would make an great community aquarium.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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