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Gibbletest
08-14-2016, 12:59 PM
I have been looking at small aquarium/aquarium kits, and just wondered if anyone on the forum had any recommendations. I have heard a lot of good things about the Fluval Spec V, and have come close to buying this kit. Currently I have a 2.5 gallon setup and I was thinking of getting something a little bigger with a few more possibilities. I intend to keep it as a low light planted tank setup but open up to some more stocking options with a 5 to 8 gallon tank. It will also be a little easier to clean. I have also thought about buying a small aquarium and getting the equipment separate. Deep Blue makes a nice cube tank with dimensions of 12in x 12in x 12in but the problem was finding a cover for that tank. So are there any other kits out there that anybody recommends? Also, I am looking for something of $80 or lower, which kind of limits the options.

aXio
08-14-2016, 01:51 PM
I have been looking at small aquarium/aquarium kits, and just wondered if anyone on the forum had any recommendations. I have heard a lot of good things about the Fluval Spec V, and have come close to buying this kit. Currently I have a 2.5 gallon setup and I was thinking of getting something a little bigger with a few more possibilities. I intend to keep it as a low light planted tank setup but open up to some more stocking options with a 5 to 8 gallon tank. It will also be a little easier to clean. I have also thought about buying a small aquarium and getting the equipment separate. Deep Blue makes a nice cube tank with dimensions of 12in x 12in x 12in but the problem was finding a cover for that tank. So are there any other kits out there that anybody recommends? Also, I am looking for something of $80 or lower, which kind of limits the options.

I don't know really know of any other kits that will be as nice quality at the Fluval Spec kits and still keeping at the $80 or lower price point.

I have the Mr.Aqua 6.5 "Serene" Bookshelf tank kit instock and it is 6.5 gallons but arguably the Fluval Spec is going to have strong filtration and better lighting then this kit. And it is $100 for the kit and it is rimless so no tops like you mentioned. Here is a link to it...

http://sevenports.com/brand/ma-730l-serene-little24-package/
(http://sevenports.com/brand/ma-730l-serene-little24-package/)
We also used to carry the Fluval Vista 8.5 gallon kits. There we nice beginner tanks that used Aquaclear filters but the lighting wasn't really strong enough to grow anything past low light plants. The Spec is much stronger in that sense. It sold for $90-100 I believe and I might still be able to order one in. Here is a lunk...

https://usa.hagen.com/Aquatic/Aquariums/Starter-Kits-All-Glass/15242

Also if you really don't want to get a 10 gallon tank it will be hard to find kits between 5-9 gallons... most people either make 5 gallon kits or 10 gallon kits. There are a lot of Mr.Aqua rimless tanks and other options for aquariums in that range just not ready-to-go out of the box kits. I carry many options for just the tanks themselves between 5-10 gallons.

Aqueon does make a very affordable 10 LED gallon aquarium kit for only $54.99, but the equipment it comes with is very basic and once again arguably not as good quality as what you would get from the Fluval Spec. And the Lights wouldn't grow anything much more then low light plants.

Once again personally don't think there is anything better out there for a an all-in-one package then the Fluval Spec-V and staying with the same quality and under $100.

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x357/axiomatica/20160814_134055_zps8yoz8np6.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/axiomatica/media/20160814_134055_zps8yoz8np6.jpg.html)

Gibbletest
08-14-2016, 03:35 PM
Thanks. That is the same thing I have been getting from my research. There are a lot of nice nano tank kits but most were way more than I can afford. I have a lot of equipment that I could use if I did make my own kit, most of the equipment on the 2.5 would work fine on bigger tank. I did look at the mr aqua too but it was out of my price range and didn't know much about the brand. JBJ had some nice nano tanks but they were either to small or over $80. I appreciate the advice thanks.


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York1
08-14-2016, 04:45 PM
I have 2 spec Vs. One with the old light and one with the new. Love both of them. I use the intank media basket which is also great. http://www.shop.mediabaskets.com/Fluval-Spec-and-Evo-Media-Basket-FLSMR.htm?gclid=Cj0KEQjwhN-6BRCJsePgxru9iIwBEiQAI8rq87r3FBY9ASPITXFuOxhWAWavW EYlGj8m_pJ6YWqy4zoaAnAg8P8HAQ

Gibbletest
08-14-2016, 08:35 PM
Ok. I have heard it is somewhat customizable. Is it easy as far as maintenance goes?


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