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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Edge 6g (taking off the top)

Has anyone remove the top off their Fluval Edge 6? How is it holding up, any pictures? I've seen a lot of people doing this, but I am curious on the long term effect since I believe the top may reinforce the tank slightly.

Working through that small hole is driving me buts, I am breaking stems left and right -- not to mention the floaters.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 08:11 PM
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I'm also interested in the long term effects. Thanks OP for starting this up! *subscribed*

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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 09:21 PM
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The tank is fine without the top. I took mine off a while back and left it with water for over a week when I cleaned it and no issues. The easiest and fastest way is with safety razor blades are they are super thin and sharp.

I used these since I have a ton for my razor.
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Get 2 pliers, stick the razor blade in the seam and run it across the tank. It took me 1 min to de-lid the tank and then spent about 10 taking off the excess silicone.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Did you keep the original filter? Are you hanging it on the glass now?

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 11:17 PM
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Mines been topless for close to a year now, no problems at all

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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 12:36 AM
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woo take it off!!.... But seriously, it actually looks pretty good that way.
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It was so worth it, makes cleaning so much easier and I was able to add a second AC20. My puffers love it.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 06:32 AM
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I've had mine off for some time now and it's perfectly fine. Here's my post with some helpful feedback from another member advising to use fishing line or floss.

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I tried using a razor blade first and it was a pain! I grabbed some fishing line and that made it so easy!
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What light do yall suggest for this? I took the top off of mine and had to ditch my previous DIY setup.

Would like to do some low light with moss and crypts if possible. May or may not do some DIY C02 (the jello method - much more stable).
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I took the top off. I will post a video on how I did it on the main forum later today. Here it is. And I found some shrimp in ny filter also








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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 09:22 PM
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Heres mine 2 years without a top
Custom built leds, ehiem 2211?
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Jeff. What kind of filter do you use on your tank. Is the left side the through the glass powerhead for 300 dollars?



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Jeff. What kind of filter do you use on your tank. Is the left side the through the glass powerhead for 300 dollars?



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I'm not Jeff, but I think he uses a Eheim 2211.

And yea, that MP10 is $235 on Marinedepot.
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a video on how I took the top off and how to do it


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