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Fluval Spec Aquarium 19L Black


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Fluval Spec Aquarium 19L Black

  • 3-stage filtration system
  • Though small in stature, Fluval Spec is big on features.
  • designed for small areas such as desktops and countertops
  • Powerful 37 LED lighting system
  • Etched-glass tank with aluminum trim
Fluval Spec is a contemporary-looking aquarium designed for small areas such as desktops and countertops. This 19-litre (5 US gal) etched-glass aquarium with aluminum trim combines style and functionality in one small package. Though small in stature, Fluval Spec is big on features. It comes with a sleekly-designed overhanging lighting system, consisting of 37 powerful LED lamps, that arches above the aquarium to provide brilliant illumination for plants and décor. The aquarium includes a powerful circulation pump with adjustable output nozzle and a large 3-stage filtration system that provides more than enough filtration for ultra clean and clear water. It also comes with all the necessary filter media: a porous foam block with convenient handle, activated carbon, and BioMax bio rings for effective and thorough mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration. The pump and filtration system are conveniently located in a separate chamber at one end of the aquarium to simplify maintenance. Key Features: - 19-litre (5 US gal) nano aquarium - Etched-glass tank with aluminum trim - Powerful 37 LED lighting system - 3-stage filtration system - Includes foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio rings - Nutrafin Aqua Plus Water Conditioner, 30 mL - Nutrafin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement, 30 mL - Size: 43.5 x 27 x 16 cm (17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 in) - Colour: Black

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  1. 26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Lovely Little Planted Tank, 27 April 2014
    By 
    Chris “zephyrreviews” (Bristol and Devon, UK) –

    This review is from: Fluval Spec Aquarium 19L Black (Misc.)
    I’ve owned my Fluval Spec for nearly a year now, and have moved house four times during the period. The best thing about this little tank is the lighting and the portability; the strong LED lights mean that the tank is suitable for growing a jungle of plants, but be careful about which plants you choose. Any Cryptocorne or Anubias species of plant will thrive in this tank, but plants with medium-high light requirements will not. In order to make the most of the tank, wait a few weeks after you have bought it and planted it out before adding any fish; I think about three weeks is necessary for the tank to get established; before this point, you will definitely risk fish dying off.

    If you want to keep tropical fish, cut two small holes in the rubber tubing which carries water from the filter to the tank, to get your water moving around in the filter compartment. Then buy a heater like the SuperFish Nano AND a thermometer; place the heater in the filter compartment and the thermometer in the tank. Use the heater for at least a week before adding fish, as I have had a problem with these small heaters warming the water MUCH HOTTER than their temperature dial indicates! Fiddle with the heater dial every hour or so until you have the water temperature at about 26C/78F, which I’ve found to be perfect for the plants in my tank. The holes in the filter tubing help to reduce the strong water current which is quite irritating to small fish, although zebra danios enjoy it.

    In terms of stocking my tank, I have had great success with Green Neon Tetras – these look fantastic and a shoal of 7 is fine in a heavily planted tank, as they are smaller than regular Neons (if your local aquarist doesn’t stock these, they will often order them in if asked). It’s worth buying an Otocinclus or two to keep the algae growth down on the tank glass, and I would recommend shrimp for algae control, too. I wouldn’t recommend guppies, as the tank is so small that the females have nowhere to go in order to get out of the way of the males. I’ve tried Cichlids and even the smallest are too big for this tank (thankfully, I have a larger tank, too!); Lampeyes are also suitable fish for this tank and your could try out Zebra Danios (though I haven’t, personally). Ignore the recommendations on the side of the box; barbs are too big for this tank, particularly the Tiger Barbs shown! If you have a snail problem, get three Dwarf Chain Loaches; they will be quite happy in the tank, and will eat all your pests, but make sure you keep them fed after these snails are gone. Try not to overfeed the fish, as this will encourage algae; if you get too much algae, perform weekly 50% water changes for a few weeks until the problem begins to clear up.

    The tank hardware is easy to clean; don’t worry about replacing the filter, just rinse it briefly under the cold tap or immerse it in a bucket of old aquarium water to clean. Make sure you don’t lose the plastic nut which holds the light in place; I’ve never had this break, so I’m not sure why other people have; tighten it until your light is horizontal, no tighter! The lid looks a bit crappy after a year, as it’s cheap plastic, and the open top means that you will get a build-up of limescale along the top edges of the tank after a while. The water evaporates rapidly through the open top, so I’ve taken to keeping a bottle of dechlorinated tap water to top it up with between water changes.

    I would recommend buying some natural wood or rocks from Aqua Essentials online, as they have a great selection, with dimensions, so you can check it will fit in the tank. Try checking plants for snails before adding them to the tank, as, due to the size of the tank, I found that snails quickly overran the aquarium if not kept in check.

    If you have any further questions, I’m on Twitter (at)chris_dagorne

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  2. 8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    need some upgrade, 9 April 2013
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    This review is from: Fluval Spec Aquarium 19L Black (Misc.)
    this is my 3rd fish tank at home.
    i bought this fluval spec for shrimps only, looks amazing, but need some work to do it.
    there is no space for heater or for air, i close the hole in the middle of the back wall, now water go through all filter, they should fit curly pump rotor for air bubbles, like protein skimmer. i cut hole in the lid to fit heater, but its worth it, led light is very bright and good for nano plants, i would recommend to buy.
    If someone have any advise how to upgrade this fish tank, let me know.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great tank, 10 July 2014
    By 
    Eyerex

    This review is from: Fluval Spec Aquarium 19L Black (Misc.)
    If your after a fish tank which is as easy as pi to setup and looks great then the Fluval Spec Aquarium should be at the top of your list

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