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Reddit mentions of Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, Black (10516A2)

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We found 40 Reddit mentions of Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, Black (10516A2). Here are the top ones.

Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, Black (10516A2)
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5 gallon Nano aquariumEtched glass tank with aluminum trimPowerful 37 LED lighting systemIncludes foam block, activated carbon and BioMax bio ringsSize: 17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch
Height11.6 Inches
Length20.5 Inches
Number of items1
Size5 Gal.
Weight11.0231131 Pounds
Width7.5 Inches

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Found 40 comments on Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon, Black (10516A2):

u/isanyonekeepingtrack · 101 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

5 gallon is a good size for a Betta. Something like this. If you want any other fish as well, then you need to get a 10 gallon or larger. Just keep in mind Bettas can be picky about tank mates.

u/xxxkyrareaperxxx · 7 pointsr/bettafish

I'm getting him this for his birthday :) Along with some tankmate friends.

u/Jadis4742 · 6 pointsr/Aquariums

As someone who loves both aquariums and interior design - please god no. Get a nice coffee table then put a nice rimless tank on top. Look at how pretty this one is. Put in a beautiful betta fish or fill it with shrimp. Good beginner fish.

EDIT: changed suggested tank, this one has a better filtration system. (It's also the same one I have.)

u/Lolikeaboss03 · 6 pointsr/bettafish


api liquid test kit

sponge filter

airline tubing for sponge filter

air pump for sponge filter


fluval spec v kit. Comes with filter, decent light that can grow some lowlight plants, idk what else but I hear it's pretty good, I would look around on other sites to find it cheaper

dechlorinator if you don't already have it

heater, I happen to live somewhere where the temperature of my tank floats right in the bettas range, but if this isn't the case for you then you'll need a heater

You'll need something for a lid, can't find anything on amazon but you have a few options: going to a petstore and looking for a 5 gallon lid, going to other websites to look, or making a DIY lid, which can be done with greenhouse panels, or even wood if you don't mind cutting.

Substrate is optional, but if you want it you can either get pool filter sand, which you can find at your local Home Depot or lowes (assuming you're in the US), you'll have to rinse it first but it's really cheap, $8 for 50lb which is more than enough.

I would buy the tank in person at a store or on some site like Craigslist where you can find used tanks for cheap

Also, don't forget to cycle your tank, if you don't know what that is I would do some research on it, it's possibly the most important thing in keeping any aquatic creature

Off the top of my head, will continue to edit to add stuff

u/littlestray · 5 pointsr/Pets

This is a really handsome tank right at what I'd consider the absolute minimum for a betta fish, that seems like it'd be great in an office environment. If you've more room, here's the 5-gallon version.

I'm a sucker for bettas. My last one had a ten gallon tank with live plants because I spoil my charges, but yeah.

I'm pretty sure that although scientists and teachers often keep axolotls in pretty small set ups, that they actually deserve tanks larger than what would be reasonable in an office environment, though they're my next dream pet personally.

Check out /r/aquariums!

u/how_fedorable · 5 pointsr/bettafish

the fluval spec V is very popular, but also pretty expensive, you can also look around on craigslist for a nice 10g with a decent filter, heater and lid! A long tank is better than a high or round tank, since it has more horizontal swimming space (and it makes it easier for the betta to chill near the surface).

You can also get a bare glass tank and then shop for the rest. A sponge filter + air pump is great, a 25 or 50 V adjustable heater will do fine. Then all you need is a lid and maybe a light. If you live in the US, you might want to wait for the dollar per gallon sale to pick up a nice 10 or 20 gallon!

If you do want to get a kit, fluval, eheim usually have good systems. Be sure to always look up the filters and lights! The filter might be a little too strong for a betta, or the lights might be too weak for live plants (if you want them).

u/jwaterworth · 4 pointsr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V 5 Gallon Tank. http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Spec-Aquarium-5-Gallon-Black/dp/B0089E5VLC?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

My company allows the employees to gift each other with points. The points can be turned into gift cards. I got the tank for free using my points.

I'd show a picture of the tank, but im embarrassed about how bare it looks. Once I get some plants in there I'll take some pictures.

u/anonymoose_octopus · 3 pointsr/bettafish

If a fish is inactive, it usually means they don't have enough room to swim around and explore. 5 gallons is beautiful for a betta, you should do a 5 gallon with live plants, it's beautiful to look at! If you're concerned about price as well, here are some good options:

  • Petco has 5 gallon Aqueon tanks for sale for ~$16 dollars.
  • A good filter to use for these would be the Aqueon Quietflow Internal Filter AT10. I use one of these in a 1.5 gallon hospital tank, but the gph is good for up to 5 gallons. And it's only $15!
  • You can use anything for a tank lid, but if cost is an issue, these guys work great, ~$7.
  • A good, inexpensive heater is the Hydor 25 watt heater. ~15 bucks and from what I've heard (I'm getting one tomorrow for my new Spec V so I'll update if anything goes wrong) it's amazing.
  • You can use any substrate that supports plant life, but I personally use Eco-Complete Plant Substrate. It's around $20 for a 20 lb. bag, so it's a pretty good deal as well.
  • Plants in general can be quite inexpensive. If you just buy a couple of Anubias (the large variety) and some java ferns, maybe some Anacharis to float or bunch, you're looking at ~$34 dollars (give or take) for the entirety of your tank's plants.

    All in all, you're looking at ~$107 for a better tank for your fish, or ~$53 for just the basic set up (minus the live plants/plant supporting substrate). If you want lighting, I've heard that basic desk lamps like this one work great in lieu of expensive LED setups.


    You can buy a Fluval Spec V, they're on sale for $59.99 and come with a filter, lighting, lid, etc. All you would need is substrate and a heater.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
u/weenie2323 · 3 pointsr/nanotank

The Fluval Spec 5gal and Fluval Flex 9gal are great looking all-in-one's and have nice large filter areas where you can add extra media and hide the heater. Build quality is good, lights are good enough to grow plants well and they are virtually silent. I own both of these tanks and I keep shrimp in the Spec 5. You will need to slightly modify the filter intake to prevent shrimp from getting into the filter area, I just cover the intake by gluing a square of black foam over it, it's barely noticeable and it works.

u/cosalich · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

The crowd favorite seems to be the Fluval Spec V which has a good light and filter. You would just need a heater and substrate.

The reason I'm building my own is because I have specific space requirements and a canister filter that I want to accommodate for. The cost of the glass was only $40 so it made total sense for me.

u/rainbowmushr00m · 3 pointsr/bettafish

I personally like the Fluval Spec V for betta. Just add a heater and it's good to go.

u/Shadowpriest · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Hello! The tetra 3 gal is the best choice imo of the 3. If you don't want to go all out, then this hood and basic tank. Petsmart has small 5 lb bags of white or black sand if you don't want to do gravel and depending on what all you will have in you tank, I've found sand to be pretty easy to deal with when cleaning tanks. I'm a big fan of Hydor heaters and I've heard a lot of good reviews on Eheim too.

In all honesty, if you are able to go just a little bit bigger, I'd suggest a Fluval Spec V. I have 3 tanks and 2 of them are the Spec V's. They're sleek, have a nice pump that has not only adjustable flow, but has a directional nozzle, you can fit a Hydor heater next to the outtake tubing, and already has a light. If you get that with a heater, you can take a small bag of sand, the Sponge Bob pineapple home, some colorful silk plants, and a moss ball or two you'd be all set as a beginner and not have it take up much more room. If you do get a snail, perhaps your son would name it Gary? (the snail in Spongebob? haha not necessary but it is possible to have a vacuum to eat any leftovers the betta doesn't eat.)

Just remember that if you move a fish tank, you'll want to drain out some of the water to make moving easier as well as safer. I take it this will be pretty sudden so a fishless cycling won't really be a thing so please make sure to have betta water conditioner.

Good luck!

u/suxer · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Wow, thanks for taking the time to provide an in depth answer!

Im currently looking at this Fluval Spec V; though I cant tell if its version 1 or 2 (im thinking its the newer model, since Amazon lets you know if there is a newer version available).

In regards to plants, I have a leaf hammock and a plastic log, and I will be adding more (silk), but wont be ordering from amazon; im also looking to add driftwood and some live plants.

As far as live plants go, I think I understood that its better to cycle without them, as they could alter the process as they feed on ¿nitrate?. So I would add them later on. What do you think?

Id rather go with Seachem Stability, just because of the ease of measurring.

Ive since added Fluval Spec Carbon Filter replacement and Fluval Spec Bio Max.

Read on several websites that the current could be too strong for a betta, and the sponge cover seemed like an easy fix.

For substrate, I will most likely get gravel.; would love to have sand (too hard to care for as a begginer?) or ADA Africana (weight/cost).

Will check at my LFS for quality substrate, but have low expectations.

As for stock, I would like to add shrimp (ghost and/or RCS) but once my tank is established and settled. In reality, I would love to have Khukli Loaches (3) but general consensus is that a 5g is way too small.

Ill be looking into other bottom feeders (fish), but it doesnt seem I will be able to add them to a 5g.

Hows your setup, what do you have?

u/_shnazzy · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Hey, thanks for replying.

The betta I'm caring for now has a lot of personality...he loves to pace the front of the 10g, weaving through the plants. I guess each one is different, but maybe something like this tank would encourage that behavior. I really want a very small footprint though, which is what attracted me to the compact cube design. I just worry that there's not enough space for really swimming in it, you know?

u/Yetikins · 2 pointsr/bettafish

> The set up includes a filter, light, and cover, and runs $80.

$80 for a 3.5 gallon? What a con, lol. My 5.5 was $27 on sale but its base price wasn't $80 and it had all that stuff. The stock light is meh but it grows my plants. If you want to spend $80, get this instead. For $80 or less you can get a bigger tank with filter/light/cover.. heck, you can get a 10 gallon for that much. Is the 3.5 at the store? If so he wants commission off that sale lol.

I'd need to know where you live to say about your tap water. I've used tap water in every west coast state and the Cali water tastes rancid but my boy is doing just fine on it. I use this to condition the water. BTW don't buy betta-specific conditions, they're smaller volumes for more money but do the same things. I couldn't say personally if bottled water is an improvement, having no experience with it, but the real problem is you have no filter.

Here's /r/aquariums article about cycling. It's fishless which is the ideal but the concept is there. With fish in you need to water change every day or two. Which is why you need the API master test kit so you can check the levels.

I'd imagine a couple months before he shows improvement since you're fish-in cycling so the water quality won't be top notch. A lot of bettas show fast improvements, though, once they get out of tiny, no-filter cups. We'd need a pic to determine if he's got fin rot or anything else.

u/ohheyreilly · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V.

It was what was most recommended here when I asked about 5 gallons. It seems to go on sale fairly often depending where you look, but I got it from Amazon a little cheaper than what it's listed at now about 2 weeks ago.

u/MelloYelloMarshmello · 2 pointsr/shittyaquariums

Ikr!!! You could get a Fluval Spec and still have some money for decoration!!

u/flizomica · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Sorry, that tank would be pretty crappy for a betta, due to the shape and the volume.

I would highly recommend the Fluval Spec V if you can afford it. It has more swimming space than other 5 gallon kits, and the quality of the light and filter is excellent.

u/great_cornholio_13 · 2 pointsr/PlantedTank

The Fluval Chi might be a good tank, but might be more difficult to find a good light to fit it.

I'd recommend the ADA substrate system. It's more expensive than Fluval but ultimately worth it.

As for a filter, the tank I've suggested has one built in, but if you don't go for that, then YES! If you've got critters in it, filter the water. (Also get a heater!)

I'm currently running a Fluval Spec 19L using a combination of this substrate, along with the power sand and some other substrate additives (all sold on that site). I'm growing HC Cuba (dwarf baby tears) and it's doing well with plentiful CO2 using one of these and lots of light with two of these.

u/BridgfordJerky · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

I read a wiki on the Walstad Method, seems surprising straight forward and simple if you're careful during the initial setup and have patience.

I'm using the stock lighting that came with each tank. I can't seem to find any details on the Fluval 25g Accent Tank other than "energy-efficient LED lighting system for stunning day or night lighting".

My betta tank is the Fluval Spec V but it's also lacking detailed info on the light. It just says "Powerful 37 LED Lighting System".

Can anything go horribly wrong if I add root tabs, or should I keep my eyes open for any particular warning signs after I add them?

The plants I have now seem to do well and while some leaves or stems die from time to time I see new growth pretty regularly.

u/chink_t · 2 pointsr/AquaSwap

Strange sub to post this in, maybe better suited to /r/Aquariums

Regardless, here's 2 I would recommend that come with nice filters and lights built in.



u/sokasu · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Do you think the lighting on this would suffice

u/Darthvodka · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

On my desk. The cheap LED light never worked but otherwise this has been a great tank. Have had it running a year now. Album

u/cafe_bustelo · 1 pointr/bettafish

I am really trying to stay simple. I want to keep dosing to a minimum. Was thinking of one of those fluval spec 5, thoughts on the light on that? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089E5VLC

If not, any other suggestions?

u/listen- · 1 pointr/bettafish

I bought my tank about a month ago and have been letting it run, as per the advice I received here. It is now finally ready to house a fish. I don't want to hurt or stress out my fish at all so I waited til everything was set. Plus my tank decor only just arrived due to the original package getting lost by UPS.

I may buy a betta this weekend if I see "the right one" but I am ok with waiting!

Here is a list of things I got, based on the general reddit consensus. I wished someone had included a list like this so here you go

Fluval 5 gallon (includes filter/light)

Hydor heater (hides right in the side part of the Fluval tank)


Sponge thingy to make the filter stream not too strong for bettas (I zip tied it on)

u/shrimpball · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

I bought a Fluval Spec V 5 gallon tank off amazon.ca (no car, didn't want to carry) a few months ago. Definitely more pricey at ~$110-140 but I have no regrets. It comes with a tank, light, and filter. I liked it as a starter kit because it had most of what I needed, the filter is hidden, and it runs very quiet.

Other websites to add to what was already posted above:
http://www.theplantguy.org/MrAqua-Aquariums_c_130.html (Manitoba, but will ship)
http://www.shrimpfever.com/shop/category/shrimp/tank-kits-and-gifts/ (Ontario, but will ship)
http://www.menageriepetshop.com (local Toronto)

You can check out the closest fish/aquarium forums in your area and do meetups for plants and other goods.
http://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=7 (general toronto area)
http://www.bcaquaria.com/forum/#classified-section (BC)
http://albertaaquatica.com/index.php?showforum=65 (alberta)
http://www.canadaquaria.ca (canada)

There are usually people getting rid of aquarium stuff on craigslist and kijiji too.

If you aren't going to have any livestock, you can also venture into strange shaped jars/vases (Winners, Canadian tire, homesense, bedbathandbeyond, JYSK, etc.). Also check https://www.reddit.com/r/jarrariums for inspiration!

Slightly off topic: for plant stuff, I relied on the "easy" list on tropica's website for direction. http://tropica.com/en/plants/?tabIndex=1&alias=Easy since my tank is also lowtech

u/alongyourfuselage · 1 pointr/bettafish

Am in the UK so will probably be buying on amazon. Is this the same one?

u/nosindra · 1 pointr/bettafish

You can get a Fluval Spec V for that price on Amazon right now. IMO the Fluval is better quality, even if 2.5 fewer gallons. You would still need a heater.

I haven't been thrilled with PennPlax.


u/NGraveD · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Kind of like the Fluval Spec V idea?

u/mini4x · 1 pointr/Aquariums


Be patient and you can find them for less, I got mine for around $50, and it's the new version not the old version, the only real difference is the light is much better on the new one. If it comes in a white box it's the old version, black box is the new version, so if you find one locally that is how to tell.

u/3legit2quit · 1 pointr/Aquariums

This is a copy/paste from another thread I did on this tank:

So I was in your boat 3 months ago and with the help of some local saltwater guys I got my tank up and running. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT9FtqEUfgE[1] (looks a lot different now since i did some rescaping... I'll put a new video up soon)
Anywhosel... Don't go cheap... With anything... If you have to buy one piece at a time until you've got all your pieces do that. What I have:

Tank: http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Spec-Aquarium-5-Gallon-Black/dp/B0089E5VLC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392354430&sr=8-1&keywords=fluval+spec+5[2]

Lights: http://www.amazon.com/Current-USA-Marine-Aquarium-24-Inch/dp/B00GFTK7CQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1392354461&sr=8-4&keywords=orbit+usa+lights[3]

Pump: http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Mini-Jet-Powerhead-VERSION-Misc/dp/B009LN1HWW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1392354739&sr=1-1&keywords=mini+jet+606[4]

Powerhead: http://www.amazon.com/EcoTech-Marine-VorTech-Propeller-Aquarium/dp/B003HLO636/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392354535&sr=8-1&keywords=vortech+mp10[5]

Gravity Tester: http://www.amazon.com/Salinity-Refractometer-Aquarium-Seawater-Agriculture/dp/B005ES6MOQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1392354641&sr=1-1&keywords=Refractometer[6]

Glass Cleaner: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061PIRGW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=20GUT5T0T21NZ&coliid=I1FAC5MICMTB5T[7]

I had freshwater fish before the saltwater and it's wayyy more maintenance but way more fun. You will want to abandon the freshwater the moment you get the saltwater up and running.

u/PajamaGeneral · 1 pointr/Aquariums

350$ is more then enough, for a 5 gallon tank. The bigger the tank the less the water quality fluctuates which makes it better for the fish and easier for you to look after. I would advise getting a 5gallon over the 2 gallon.

Read this: http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles_51/fishless-cycling-article.htm

and this: http://www.firsttankguide.net/fishlesscycle.php

These 2 links are the most important part of keeping an aquarium. Please read at least one of them before you buy any fish!!!

Keep in mind you can buy most of this stuff used on craigslist for 1/3 of the price, but I'll link you some options for new 5 gallon tanks.



You will probably need a heater -30$, gavel vacuum -15$, water conditioner -20$, nutrafin or api master test kit -40$. ( I recommend nutrafin over api, if your city's tap water contains chloramine)

Things you can keep in a 5 gallon:

Option 1:

  • Siamese fighting fish
  • 2 nerite snails or 5 amano shrimp( make sure they are over 1/2 when you add them)

    Option 2:

  • 15 cherry shrimp
  • 3 nerite snails

    Option 3:

  • 5 Boraras brigittae they get (.7 inches)
  • 7 cherry shrimp

    Here is some info on boras brigittae: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/boraras-brigittae/

u/Rufi0h · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Well that depends on the size. I think anything under 5 gallons would be easy enough to move, but it will cause the fish stress if you have them. I suggest getting an all in one kit if you're not going to do anything more than some easy plants, shrimp, and a few hearty fish. Spec V is a good talk that's also easy to transport.

Also to answer one if your questions, yes I think a fish tank is a great addition to a classroom or School setting. As long as you can keep it safe where kids wouldn't tamper with it if they felt mischievious.

u/ColdDonut · 1 pointr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V w/ Finnex FugeRay for light. Some cheapo heater that I have a replacement for coming.

Slate bottom w/ a single Java Fern from my Fluval Edge 12G that was getting beat to the light. Water is a little dirty as I just plopped the fern in there.

u/Elhazar · 1 pointr/Aquariums

My suggestion:

Tank: Fluval Spec V, ≈90$

Substrate: ADA Amazonia 3l, ≈25$

CO₂: DIY CO₂, ≈free

Plants+Wood: 25$, try r/aquaswap or the RAOK in r/plantedtanks for cheap plants

Stock: 10$ Betta or Red Cherry shrimp. edit: Or bee/tiger shrimp, if the buffering of the soil ends in suitable params.