[QUOTE=raven_wilde;1898715]Or you can just buy the MR11s or MR16s and forgo the compact florescent (which will also generate quite a bit of heat). That's what I did and I've been very happy with the results. Of course, this has also meant that I have been somewhat limited with my plant choices but understanding this from the start allowed me to plan accordingly and I have had great results
This gets me thinking....
While there are lots of different mods discussed in this thread and elsewhere I think that you can assess your needs by asking yourself the following two questions:
Am I okay with having to modify my plant selection to meet the requirements of the Edge?
If yes, follow Path A. If no... Am I willing to modify my Edge to meet the requirements of my plant selection?
If yes, follow Path B. If no, slap self in the face and return Edge to the store.Path A:
Accept the Edge for what it is... a low light tank.
- This means mod the lighting only if you have an older model and get rid of those terrible halogens. Buy some MR11 or MR16 LED bulbs -OR- Splurge a little by ordering one of the new LED lightbars as a replacement part (even if you buy the one made for the 12 gal and install it on your 6 gal you will still only have low to middle intensity light).
- Accept that low light can be nice too and make your plant choices accordingly
- Also accept that no matter what you do, your plants will not grow nearly as fast as you want them to
- Discover that the payoff to exercising extreme patience while waiting for your tank to really fill in is getting to enjoy less frequent maintenance, ie. pressurized CO2 is optional and you don't have to dose frequently or perhaps even at all.
- Enjoy tank
Thanks for the advice! I am definitely the Path B, don't really care which live plants, just want live plants that will do well.
Now on to another question, how about substrate? I was thinking aquasoil since I have a naturally high ph out of the tap and can't ever get it down. I see there are different types of aquasoil so my question would be what type and how much? Where is the best place to buy from?
Do you just use the stock filtration that came with the tank?
How about CO2, I don't have any on my tanks (want to but want to do it right). I do have one of those nutrafin systems kicking around somewhere I was thinking of putting on the edge, what do you think?