I took some new shots of the tank after chaning it up.. so mind as well post the updates
So the 12G edge has been redone with about 2" of miracle grow organic potting soil caped with an inch or two of Eco-complete and a bunch more plants. Everything seems to be growing well. The inhabitants are still the 4 neons, 12 CPD's, 10 pumpkin shrimp (although i can only find 8...) and a nerite snail.
HEY ALL! I'm new to the forum, new to planted tanks, and new to the EDGE. I just picked up a used EDGE a couple weeks ago and have it set up as a dirted shrimp tank right now, and I am loving it!
Trying the Walstad (sp?) method a bit here with some organic Miracle Grow soil and black gravel on top. Water is still a bit brown due to the dirt. No CO2, don't really plan on using it at this point. I don't have a ton of plants in it yet either. Just a couple stems of bacopa and some hygro of some kind, I think sunset. They seem to be doing okay. The hygro is starting to turn a nice pinkish color since being put in the dirt. Will keep propagating the two plants and fill them in as they grow out. Would like to maybe add some baby tears eventually. It is a start. Current lighting is just the stock halogens but would like to upgrade to the LED's that are available now. Here's a pic. It's sitting on an end table by our South facing window and this pic is during the brighter afternoon hours. Let me know what you think.
Well, I finally got my lighting all figured out! I added a 10w Walmart aquarium bulb to my LED for some extra power for the plants. Man oh Man does the tank look awesome with the lights on now! We'll see how the plants do with the lighting I am running. Now it's time to start making the inside of the tank look cool! Thanks to everyone that helped with suggestions.
(I assure you that the tank looks waay better in person. The camera captured the lights a little bit weird!)
A few pictures of the setup:
turned on underneath
and the FTS with all the lights on
I know this was awhile ago, but I am loving this mod! Do you have any more info on the lamp base or how you wired it? Like what the base is made of, etc. I checked my small town hardware stores, and they have some bases that look like they could work. Most of them are porcelain, so don't know if that works and don't know about water proofing the wiring etc. Let me know if you can on any more of those details. You may have already mentioned it in another post but I haven't had the time to read through 120 pages. I have skimmed through this whole thread looking at pics and I must say, impressive stuff! Thanks!
Would something like this work for a Fluorescent bulb in the hood? Like adding a 10w Coralife or other small mini CF? A socket with a switch and power supply all already attached with no assembly acquired!
So my Edge has the stock LED's with it. would this be sufficient. Im thinking i may have to change the substrate cause i was using the fluval but its impossible to plant things in there! Also can someone please tell me a good CO2 kit to use with this tank! PLEASE!