Our new glass desktop fish tank – the Fluval Spec 19l.
When I wanted to get a fish tank, I knew nothing about it – what equipment was needed, what the specs meant. I was and still am, a true beginner! My main priorities was that it had to fit on the windowsill! So size was important as space was the limiting factor. After much searching, I came across the glass desktop Fluval Spec 19, which has become a wonderful tank for myself and the kids as we adventure deeper into our new hobby.
It is a little expensive at £80 (not including fish, food, gravel and decorations!), considering I was only looking to spend no more than £50 all in! I mean, I didn’t know if the kids would still be interested in it after a week, nor did I know whether the fish would still be alive!!!
The tank came in a reasonably sized box, which wasn’t too heavy to carry. It has everything you need – an all-in-one! It comes with a circulation pump with output nozzle, safe low voltage transformer, foam filtration block sponge with handle, activated carbon insert filter bag, Biomax insert filter bag, aquarium lid and LED lighting system.
It was pretty easy to set up too! What I loved most about the Fluval Spec 19 was that the filter media and pump are housed in a different section to the main display. The main display is separated by some glass. This allows the appearance of a bigger tank, with the filtration system hidden from view. Because, the filtration system is separated, you don’t have to put your fingers/hands in the main display – I’m petrified of the fish touching me!!! In addition, the corners of the aquarium were covered with curved aluminium. I’ve seen tanks whereby the silicone joints have become stained and because of the aluminium, this will keep my tank looking all new!
The pump has an adjustable flow rate. The water flows through the top, then travels downwards through the filter media. It then reaches the pump which then pumps the water out through the outlet tube and through the outlet nozzle and the whole cycle repeats itself.
The aquarium comes with a frosted plexiglas lid but the middle portion is open to the air. For me, this is not ideal, just incase things fall into the tank? In addition, my aquarium is on the windowsill – therefore, more likely to have algae growth.
The aquarium comes with a low voltage but yet powerful and efficient 37 LED lighting system. The 7500K high luminosity LEDs are suitable for aquatic plants. There are 3 position ON/OFF switch (bright daytime, deep blue night-time and off). I have not used the LED lighting system as there is enough light at the windowsill.