I haven't been on plantedtank in quite a while - real life has intruded and I've been suuuuuper busy. I also have to report that this tank setup no longer exists
Basically I got tired of trying to maintenance and trim the moss through that silly little hole in the top. Also the mesh screen on the hood began to rust out last fall and that really made me mad - nice design there Hagen, an aquarium hood that rusts.
I'm happy with the experience I had with this tank but long term it was unfortunately not sustainable. Also, I'm taking evening programming classes right now so I've had to pare my number of tanks down to 2 and it was easy to say good by to this one- it had gotten super overgrown over the last year. It was basically solid moss up to the top glass- the shrimp LOVED it, but it wasn't much to look at. So, oh well.
Anyway - to answer any lingering questions:
Great looking tank might used you item for the ground cover. You know what company makes those glass beads. I only see colorful ones when I do a search on Amazon. Which I don't want lols
I found them at a Michaels store. They were in little bags of about 12 a piece - on the lower rack, really cheap but they had them bagged by color so it was easy to get just black ones. I have no idea if they still carry them.
Have you upgraded to the LED bar yet?
I just upgraded my 6G 21 LED to the 12G 42 LED bar.
Doubling the LEDs made a big difference. In about a month I've noticed my mosses have grown a bit more then I was expecting.
I have an extra 12G 42 LED bar if you'd like.
I did not- however I did end up purchasing the replacement LED bulbs sold by Hagen because the CREE LED bulbs that I had initially used began to corrode after about a year. I might have posted about that earlier, or I meant to. I would definitely recommend the Hagen bulbs - they are comparable to the CREEs and they are water tight.
Since we're on the subject of water damage to the EDGE, I suppose I should summarize things I have noticed after 2 years of continuous use:
Rust & Corrosion:
- The mesh screen on the hood it totally rusted - which sucks and is a stupid design flaw. That thing gets constantly wet from back splash and evaporation - super dumb to not take that in consideration when selecting materials. This started to be noticeable after 1 year. At 2 it is now totally ugly & I would want to replace it.
- I've also noticed corrosion around the pin-holes that the bulbs plug into. I'm not sure exactly how bad that is but it can't be good.
- Held up pretty good - But then, Aquaclears usually do. Mine needed a really good scrubbing when I tore it down to get water deposits off but it's still in good working condition and will likely be re-purposed some day.
- Also held up really well, except for a few places that I accidentally scratched it its in good shape. The only thing is that since its so darn hard to clean I don't know if I'll ever get it back to sparkling new. So there's that.
If anyone has any other questions about this tank or about the long-term use of the EDGE do let me know, I promise I will try to be better about checking back here