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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the Edge (upgraded DIY LED) 10-3-12 UG!

Got this tank a long time ago and now setting it up.

Added nana petites and UG DSM on the way.





Equipment:
6G Fluval Edge
DIY dual LED strips 5050SMD
Dual 4W MR16 LED bulbs
Stock HOB modified for CO2 diffusion
Aquatek CO2 regulator
20oz Paintball

Substrate:
Sphagnum Peat Moss (~1in)
Osmocote
Fluval Plant Stratum & UP Aqua Shrimp substrate mix

Hardscape:
Slate rock from LFS

Flora: (on the way for DSM)
Anubias nana "petite"
UG
Red Cabomba (will be added when filled)


~1in of sphagnum peat moss with osmocote



~1.5-2in of Fluval Stratum and UP Shrimp sand



upgraded MR16 LED bulbs



room is dark only lit by tank lights


I have a LUX meter on the way to try and approximate how much PAR I have but probably won't get here before plants so I will measure when everything is in dry start.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 04:02 AM
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That's a great way to start

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So now that UG is in should I just flood and crank up the CO2 or just keep doing the DSM?
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Nice tank and i like where you're going with this. I have an old edge tank that's in desperate need of better lighting. Where did you get the LED strip and for how much?
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Nice tank and i like where you're going with this. I have an old edge tank that's in desperate need of better lighting. Where did you get the LED strip and for how much?
2x of these I went for 7500K/5600K combo
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...ght-strip/874/

I bought the C-channel separate.
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Thanks Gus... would you mind taking another picture from the top? I want to see how those LED's look on top of the Edge.. thanks!
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Thanks Gus... would you mind taking another picture from the top? I want to see how those LED's look on top of the Edge.. thanks!
Here you go.



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Thanks... that looks pretty clean. What did you stick the LED strip on to make it look solid like that?
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Thanks... that looks pretty clean. What did you stick the LED strip on to make it look solid like that?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/housings/

The low profile ones that I have get hot but its not too bad.
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Is the housing hard to cut to size?
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Is the housing hard to cut to size?
Not really just used a hand-saw and then used some sand paper on the edges. It would look a lot cleaner with a dremel though.
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Any updates? Is the UG growing in?
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