New Invention To Reduce Water Turbulence In Fluval Spec V

Did you like my invention ?


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navaboo
  • #1
I have a Fluval Spec 5 gallon tank for my Betta and I actually love the tank. I love the dimension, layout, compartmentalization (separation of media/filtration and heater ) from main tank and the touch activated blue/LED light on the top which is perfect for my live plants (I have 3).

The biggest problem I had with this tank was the force of water output even at the "lowest" setting. The water turbulence was so great even at the lowest setting that it created a minI whirlpool on the surface which greatly impacted Pluto's swimming. He even had a hard time resting on his favorite leaf hammockead:. So I purchased a cheap sponge on Amazon (shown in picture) and positioned it with twist tie to the filter output.

I've had the sponge attached to the filter for almost a month now and I'm actually disappointed. There was ABSOLUTELY no water circulation what so ever. The water was at a stand still. I couldn't even tell if enough water was passing through the sponge at all. Almost two months in, I am YET to start the Nitrogen Cycle (I'm only getting trace amounts of ammonia reads occasionally) and I think the culprit here is the lack of water circulation through the filter media.

After trial and error.....

TA DAAAAAAA here is my new invention . I've positioned the water output at the top (it creates a calming splashing sound which I love) and to break the force of water falling into the tank (which was also very great for Pluto) , I've put a medication measuring cup thingy directly under the fall with a few holes in it :smug:. I've covered the hole left by the filter output unit with a plastic thing because Pluto ACTUALLY started venturing inside .

Now it seems like I'm getting enough water circulation, calming water sounds at night and absolutely no turbulence. What do you guys think?


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Pluto observing the ghetto-fabulous thing in his territory
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AKD200
  • #2
That's what is cool about the hobby; problem solving, good job navaho.
 
navaboo
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
That's what is cool about the hobby; problem solving, good job navaho.
Thank You and I agree
 
vijay3242
  • #4
Good idea but if you want something more eye appealing you could get this: Solid Gold Awuatics uses it on the same tank as you and I use it on my HOB. Have you rehomed your plecos yet?
 
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navaboo
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Good idea but if you want something more eye appealing you could get this: Solid Gold Awuatics uses it on the same tank as you and I use it on my HOB. Have you rehomed your plecos yet?

If you look at the picture above, I've used that sponge for almost a month now and I didn't like it. I don't think it effectively circulated water. The sponge technique caused the water to be at a stand still. In fact the sponge was SO BAD at outputting water that my betta made bubble nests right next to the sponge and it failed to displace a single bubble. My nitrogen cycle hasn't started even after almost 2 months because my water wasn't circulating like it should've been . That's why I opted to this method.
 
vijay3242
  • #6
If you look at the picture above, I've used that sponge for almost a month now and I didn't like it. I don't think it effectively circulated water. The sponge technique caused the water to be at a stand still. In fact the sponge was SO BAD at outputting water that my betta made bubble nests right next to the sponge and it failed to displace a single bubble. My nitrogen cycle hasn't started even after almost 2 months because my water wasn't circulating like it should've been . That's why I opted to this method.
Have you rehome the Plecos yet? Yeah it may have not worked for you, sorry. Also why is your text green
 

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