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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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My 6G Fluval Edge Tank.

When I was in an Apartment I had a 29G tank that I give up when I moved into our house, a year or two after moving I saw a brand new tank listed on a website or in a magazine like Maxam? Either way I saw it and that same day I went to my local pet store and bought one. At first I did a basic sand, fake plants, and tetras tank. Kinda of set it and forgot about it. After a few years and getting bored with it, I added some live plants.

Live plants + 100% stock Fluval Edge = failure. Nothing died but nothing at all happened. I might as well have bought some semi malnourished looking plastic plants and called it a day

Finally added some good light, and BAM algae took over. Go figure.

Now I have DIY Co2, Current USA LED light, stock filter, air pump (for at night) and I give the tank flourish, trace, and iron. Plants seem to be happy!

Also in the tank is an albino? algae eater, a oto, and a bunch of shrimp, not even sure how many shrimp.
















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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 04:49 AM
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Very nice!!! I like the led fixture prop up like that, it looks pretty good with the logo in the middle. I might have to steal that idea.....



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If I place it on top facing straight down it puts off a bunch of extra light into the room. By leaning it like that it beams the extra light towards the stairs going into the basement.

Having an edge makes for tricky light setup. When asking around for advice on upgrading my lights most people told me to cut the top off the tank and run it open. For me that ruins the cool modern look plus my son would most likely throw stuff into it from the stairs that wrap around it.
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Just a minor update, treated the tank with dewormer I used 2.5mg, I removed the snail that I wanted to keep and treated the tank. not a single thing in the tank seemed to mind the treatment, the hydra I believe are no mas, what surprised me is the snails i left in the tank didn't show any signs of stress and its been about 2 weeks since I treated it and the snails didn't die.
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I ended up adding a heater, thermometer, paintball CO2, removing the adjustable arms on the current USA light, and cutting the hood so the light can slide into it and look more OEM so to speak.

I still need to tuck the wires for the LED.













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OMG.... why didn't I think of that! That the cleanest solution I seen for the Edge, very nice light coverage. How you cut the hood like that?



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Very carefully.

I made sure to have ear, eye and hand protection, and long sleeve. I went VERY slow, I knew once the blade first hit the hood it would either cut it as it should, or cause the hood to blow up all over the place shooting plastic bits everywhere.

Thankfully, it cut it just fine lol.
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How deep and think did you make your cut ?
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Depends where you want the lights to sit. The led lights are all inside the inlet/open top of the tank. I laid the light where I wanted it and measured from the back of the plastic filter housing/hood holder and marked it for the how deep to go I then laid the hood next to the light and marked it above and below the light to know what to cut. I then measured it to make sure my marks were correct for where I wanted it. I didn't even write things down I just measured, marked, double and triple checked and cut.

All said and done I finished it off with a file.
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Totally agree with your decision to not take off the top of the Edge. It has a great design the way it is, and I think its worth the extra challenges that come with it. Also, the light fixture looks great, it even adds to the sleek look. Nice!

Check out the development of my first tank ever:
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Fixed all the broken images in the first post.

Also posting an update.

This is how the tank currently sits. I just changed it up some.





Minor reboot.
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Just an FYI, I believe the light needs to be raised, I've been battling algae and outside of cutting the lights way back time wise I can't seem to counter it. I now stick the light directly on top of the hood, if that little added height helps, I'll cut a slot into the top as high as I can. If it's still an issue I'll most likely hang the lights over the tank.
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