Fluval Spec 5.6 Gallon Aquarium
Clean lines, nice look, light issues
I now have three of these tanks.
I recommend this product with reservations.
The tank comes with lid, light, filter and pump.
These tanks have a clean, modern look. The pump and filter are "hidden" in a frosted glass area behind a divider.
You will need to purchase a tank heater. I purchased an adjustable 50 watt tank heater for each tank and a thermometer for back up monitoring of each tank as well.
Initially, I found the pumps to have too much vibration and humming. After several days of running, the pumps became more quiet and with less vibration on all three of my tanks. I used the low setting for the pumps in general. However, these will not be noise and vibration free.
Some good things about this tank:
As far as in-tank pumps go, these are quiet. You can adjust the flow setting on the pump. The light extends along most of the length of the tank and it has been bright enough for me to have plants. If you buy a mini critter keeper, you can use it as a "float in" tank if you need to treat a small fish and want to keep the water temperature the same as your tank.
The filter is very simple and easy to set up and maintain.
The downsides for me on these tanks:
Of the three tanks, two had light issues. One would not turn on and had to be rewired before it would work. The other has a faulty switch on the light so it needs "fiddling" to get the light properly on or off. I think this is unacceptable. I think these are known issue with this tank that have yet to be corrected. Also, the light will get some moisture on the exterior due to the location close above the water in the tank, so you would want to periodically wipe the moisture away #fish feeding time is a good time#.
Another downside for me was the noise/vibration from the pump. I used planting tweezers to seat the pump and make sure that there was spacing between the pump and walls. I also tried some filter foam around the pump to absorb some vibration, but it made not difference for me. As stated, they did quiet down considerably after several days. This would likely be okay for most people. For me, I ended up switching to small canister filters which keep both the sound and vibration away from the tank #these are very quiet too#. If I can feel any vibration when touching the tank, or hear any humming, I can only imagine what it must be like for the fish.
The lid fits well, but one must be careful when removing it - be sure to lift it enough so you don't catch the corner pieces on the tank. There is only a small amount of gap between the tank top and light.
In the end, I think these are a very attractive tank that would work for most people as long as the light functions properly and one is okay with the in-tank pump.
My three star rating and reservations are because of the light issues #which really knocks down the rating# and pump hum/vibration #quiet, but not quiet enough for me#.
December 19, 2014
Awesome! Here r some helpful tips!
I put some time and a lot of thought into this tank purchase. Did I want to start from scratch or buy a kit?
I chose this tank for its simplicity and aesthetics. Also the box states it was betta friendly as well as listing several other species. (I obviously have a betta)
setup was fun and easy. But there are a couple of things that I should tell you about regarding the pump. Most critical is the flow rate on the pump. Even though I had it on its lowest setting my betta was getting tossed around like it was in a tornado. this is not good! My fish requires very very low flow rate. To correct this I simply pull the pump assembly back out, removed the hose and used an exacto knife to cut about 6 perforation holes in it.don't make the holes too big! You can always go back and add a couple of more holes to slow it down if you have to. The only other drawback is the pump assembly installation itself. I have seen others say it is difficult to assemble and or remove. I assembled everything that goes on the filter side and installed it AFTER the water was in. It slid right in the tube is sort of rigid so you can use it to push the pump down. I suggest stopping short of the bottom! The suction cups can be a bear to get off if you need to adjust the flow rate later! That's it I love it and so do my fish friends! I hope this comment helps you and your decision and I hope this comment also clears up some confusion with the pumps
May 13, 2014
Awesome Sleek Tank
I bought this tank to accommodate a goldfish. He loves it in there. I set it up using neutral colored rocks, and three plants. Pretty plain, but it looks nice.
There was one thing that I found difficult while putting it together. It was the tube for the filter. It was tight quarters while putting it together because of the narrow area where it goes. Otherwise, it is a great little tank.
March 10, 2014
Cool tank for a betta or endler's
Tank is great for one betta fish or 2 or 3 small fish like endler's or guppies. Can't really fit anything else in this due to it's small size but is still nice if you don't have room for a big tank. Would also make a great shrimp tank. Everything that came with my tank seems to be running smoothly with no issues. After I did a new tank cycle I added 2 endler fish and 2 red cherry shrimp and they seem to be very happy.
February 24, 2014