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09-14-2013 10:01 PM
chan0482 Great journal raven_wilde!

I have had my edge running for about two years now as well. I did not experience the rusting on the mesh hood part that you did, however about a year ago I did put a zoomed 501 w/ spraybar which basically eliminated all the splashing the AC filter created. Beside that my experience has been very similar (including the corrosion around where the light pins insert :/ but the lights are still working fine for now) and mostly all positive. I like the aesthetic of these tanks quite a bit.
09-11-2013 10:02 PM
raven_wilde
Thoughts After 2 Years of Setup

Hi everyone!

I haven't been on plantedtank in quite a while - real life has intruded and I've been suuuuuper busy. I also have to report that this tank setup no longer exists

Basically I got tired of trying to maintenance and trim the moss through that silly little hole in the top. Also the mesh screen on the hood began to rust out last fall and that really made me mad - nice design there Hagen, an aquarium hood that rusts.

I'm happy with the experience I had with this tank but long term it was unfortunately not sustainable. Also, I'm taking evening programming classes right now so I've had to pare my number of tanks down to 2 and it was easy to say good by to this one- it had gotten super overgrown over the last year. It was basically solid moss up to the top glass- the shrimp LOVED it, but it wasn't much to look at. So, oh well.

Anyway - to answer any lingering questions:

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Originally Posted by jczz1232 View Post
Great looking tank might used you item for the ground cover. You know what company makes those glass beads. I only see colorful ones when I do a search on Amazon. Which I don't want lols
I found them at a Michaels store. They were in little bags of about 12 a piece - on the lower rack, really cheap but they had them bagged by color so it was easy to get just black ones. I have no idea if they still carry them.

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Originally Posted by bostoneric View Post
Have you upgraded to the LED bar yet?

I just upgraded my 6G 21 LED to the 12G 42 LED bar.
Doubling the LEDs made a big difference. In about a month I've noticed my mosses have grown a bit more then I was expecting.
I have an extra 12G 42 LED bar if you'd like.

Good stuff!
I did not- however I did end up purchasing the replacement LED bulbs sold by Hagen because the CREE LED bulbs that I had initially used began to corrode after about a year. I might have posted about that earlier, or I meant to. I would definitely recommend the Hagen bulbs - they are comparable to the CREEs and they are water tight.

Since we're on the subject of water damage to the EDGE, I suppose I should summarize things I have noticed after 2 years of continuous use:

Rust & Corrosion:
  • The mesh screen on the hood it totally rusted - which sucks and is a stupid design flaw. That thing gets constantly wet from back splash and evaporation - super dumb to not take that in consideration when selecting materials. This started to be noticeable after 1 year. At 2 it is now totally ugly & I would want to replace it.
  • I've also noticed corrosion around the pin-holes that the bulbs plug into. I'm not sure exactly how bad that is but it can't be good.

Filter
  • Held up pretty good - But then, Aquaclears usually do. Mine needed a really good scrubbing when I tore it down to get water deposits off but it's still in good working condition and will likely be re-purposed some day.

Tank
  • Also held up really well, except for a few places that I accidentally scratched it its in good shape. The only thing is that since its so darn hard to clean I don't know if I'll ever get it back to sparkling new. So there's that.

If anyone has any other questions about this tank or about the long-term use of the EDGE do let me know, I promise I will try to be better about checking back here
10-16-2012 06:44 AM
bostoneric Have you upgraded to the LED bar yet?

I just upgraded my 6G 21 LED to the 12G 42 LED bar.
Doubling the LEDs made a big difference. In about a month I've noticed my mosses have grown a bit more then I was expecting.
I have an extra 12G 42 LED bar if you'd like.

Good stuff!
10-16-2012 04:44 AM
jczz1232 Great looking tank might used you item for the ground cover. You know what company makes those glass beads. I only see colorful ones when I do a search on Amazon. Which I don't want lols
06-11-2012 09:48 PM
raven_wilde
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Originally Posted by speedie408 View Post
Great looking shrimp tank!
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Originally Posted by green_valley View Post
Nice nice nice Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I see the tank is greennnnnnnnnnn, then I love it.

Great job on the scape too.
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Originally Posted by halffrozen View Post
Man.. every single one of these edges that look this good makes me want to get one.. lol
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Originally Posted by 2in10 View Post
Very pretty, great progression shots
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Originally Posted by Shrimp_Newb View Post
Über cool!
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Originally Posted by MichaelMcG View Post
very cool!
Thanks every body!
06-11-2012 06:44 AM
halffrozen Man.. every single one of these edges that look this good makes me want to get one.. lol
06-11-2012 05:43 AM
green_valley Nice nice nice Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I see the tank is greennnnnnnnnnn, then I love it.

Great job on the scape too.
06-11-2012 04:50 AM
speedie408 Great looking shrimp tank!
06-11-2012 04:29 AM
raven_wilde
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Originally Posted by FlyingHellFish View Post
Nice trims on the moss, only Edge owners will know the pain of working in such a small opening.
Fortunately I have pretty small girly-girl hands

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You ever going to go hi-tech on your Edge?
I don't think so. The primary reason I got this tank was to display my highest quality shrimp. Since CO2 tends to complicate water parameters that would make things difficult if I ever decide to try my hand at some Crystal Reds.

That and when I do finally bite the bullet and get into CO2 it will be on my 30 gallon. That tank has been creeping along on DIY yeast for far too long.
06-11-2012 02:48 AM
FlyingHellFish Nice trims on the moss, only Edge owners will know the pain of working in such a small opening.

You ever going to go hi-tech on your Edge?
06-07-2012 05:52 PM
2in10 Very pretty, great progression shots
06-07-2012 02:56 PM
Shrimp_Newb Über cool!
06-07-2012 01:30 PM
MichaelMcG very cool!
06-07-2012 03:42 AM
raven_wilde
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Originally Posted by Bananariot View Post
That looks awesome! Does the petrified wood affect your ph?
Yes. Not as much as some rocks might but this tank does ride at about 7.2-7.6 which is considerably higher than my other tanks.

Straight from the tap my water is about 7.6 with about 2 degrees KH and an astronomical general hardness. Since my other tanks all have driftwood in them the ph drops down to anywhere from 6.8 all the way to 6.0 (I have A LOT of bogwood in one of them right now).

I use RO water in my breeding tanks as needed and I've tried using it in my Edge to bring the ph down but I've found that I can't get it to stay down for very long. It would seem then that the rocks are acting as a buffer and since the shrimp don't seem to mind the higher ph I've decided to let it be as I feel that its better the parameters be stable.

However, I do think that it has affected their reproductive rates (the shrimp in my Edge produce relatively fewer offspring than those in my breeders) so at some point this summer I am planning on pulling the tank apart and replacing the rocks with driftwood.
06-07-2012 03:31 AM
Bananariot That looks awesome! Does the petrified wood affect your ph?
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