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04-17-2015 10:41 PM
kman ^^ Stock lights are definitely suitable for low light plants only.
04-17-2015 10:10 PM
WendyF Hi all, I am thinking of getting the Edge 12 gallon with LED lights for a desktop display at my office. I will be bringing in cuttings from my home aquarium, and I need to know if the new 42 LED set up is sufficient for medium light plants, or if I should stick to low light plants. Also, I have no experience with substrate heaters. I'm looking at this:
Amazon.com : Hydor Hydroset Electronic External Thermostat with Temp Dial for All Heater Types : Aquarium Thermometers : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Hydor Hydroset Electronic External Thermostat with Temp Dial for All Heater Types : Aquarium Thermometers : Pet Supplies
. Does anyone have any of these installed in their Edges? If so, I'm curious as to what types of mods are necessary to keep cables/cords hidden from sight.

Bump: Hmm, not sure why my post above hides the heater link, but this is the heater cable I'd like to run under my substrate: http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-50w-Hydrokable-Substrate-Heater/dp/B0006JLPGS/ref=pd_bxgy_petsupplies_img_y
04-17-2015 08:51 PM
WendyF
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I set my tank up last week with a few plants, sand and some root tabs. I used a water conditioner for chlorine etc even though I'm on a well. Added a little bit of Fluorish as well. Tested the water just now; ph 7.2, ammonia looks to be 0, nitrite 0, nitrate also 0.
I got four make guppies to help cycle it last night and today they're all hanging out at the top.
Should I do a water change?
I gave them a little food this morning and they gobbled it up, but I didn't want to give them too much.
Maybe they're still hungry?
Hi Newbie, and welcome to one of the most exciting/relaxing/stimulating/frustrating/rewarding/obsessive-compulsive hobbies! You will laugh, you will cry, you will peak mountains of joy following valleys of trial...but believe me, you will not be sorry! I have been keeping fish for over 3 decades. I started out with guppies, as you have . They're a great place to start! They normally like to hang out at the top of the water. You should only be concerned by this behavior if there is a filmy haze on the surface of your water, or if they are breathing really rapidly in an open-mouthed, gulping sort of way. Also, look at their gills. If they are flared wide open, that is a sign to be concerned with. Otherwise, guppies are just top-swimmers usually. Also, they are little gluttons. So resist the urge to keep giving them more food every time they spaz out at the sight of you. They're little beggars who have instincts constantly driving them to eat as much as possible however often they can, because their instincts haven't figured out that they aren't going to be seeing periods of starvation in our display tanks as a wild guppy might see in its natural environment. If you feed them every time they ask, you will end up with very poor water quality. Twice a day is plenty. Did I read your post correctly that they are all males?
04-13-2015 01:10 PM
Newbie2015 I also now have a few tiny spots of green algae on the sand beneath the flow of the filter.
04-12-2015 02:33 PM
Newbie2015 I set my tank up last week with a few plants, sand and some root tabs. I used a water conditioner for chlorine etc even though I'm on a well. Added a little bit of Fluorish as well. Tested the water just now; ph 7.2, ammonia looks to be 0, nitrite 0, nitrate also 0.
I got four make guppies to help cycle it last night and today they're all hanging out at the top.
Should I do a water change?
I gave them a little food this morning and they gobbled it up, but I didn't want to give them too much.
Maybe they're still hungry?
04-10-2015 09:51 PM
sockfish Newbie, it'll be OK!

When I start a planted tank, I plant my crypts, java ferns, and anubias then put a big batch of horsetail in it to soak up the nutrients as it cycles. Horsetail floats so is easily removable later if you don't want it.

Find some plant substrate you like, don't dose anything, throw it all in and give it a couple weeks. You can add nerite snails, shrimp, fish slowly later.

I do far less maintenance on planted tanks than on any other; you don't have to go crazy with mods if you don't want to. My 6G has been running for years since 2011 and I only upgraded the light when the original stock light died. I get daily compliments on this tank at work.
04-10-2015 05:39 PM
kman
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Thanks for the tips!

I went out and got a couple little plants last night to help with the cycling of my tank. Once thats all sorted out I'll go from there.

Do I need to be adding CO2 right now?
Definitely not. Keep it simple to start!
04-10-2015 02:09 PM
Newbie2015 Thanks for the tips!

I went out and got a couple little plants last night to help with the cycling of my tank. Once thats all sorted out I'll go from there.

Do I need to be adding CO2 right now?
04-09-2015 05:37 PM
kman
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What would you recommend to start me off? The very basics of plant keeping.
What should I do to set up my new tank for plants and fish?
I know practically nothing but am very enthusiastic about learning.
Start with basic, slow growing, low light plants. Hardly any maintenance needed. Think Anubias and Java Ferns. Java moss. Crypt Parva. Very slow growing, just add some root tabs under the Crypts every 3-4 months and that's all that's needed. Snip off the occasional leaf if it gets too big. Don't worry too much about ferts and water parameters. (well, water parameters are important for your fish, but the plants don't really care)
04-09-2015 03:37 PM
Newbie2015 What would you recommend to start me off? The very basics of plant keeping.
What should I do to set up my new tank for plants and fish?
I know practically nothing but am very enthusiastic about learning.
04-09-2015 03:03 PM
shift It really isn't that hard. If you pick the right plants for your lighting and desired growth / care level
04-09-2015 02:34 PM
Newbie2015 I recently bought a 12gal Edge and had my heart set on having it planted. I found this thread and have read almost the entire thing and found it very helpful. However, all the information I find on the internet is becoming VERY overwhelming with all the maintenance it appears that planted tanks need. I'm a beginner and would want something small to start, low-tech and relatively easy to care for. But I'm starting to FREAK OUT with all the stuff I've been reading and am now thinking I should start with *gasp* fake plants.
Please someone tell me that it's not all that hard to keep a nice little planted tank! I hate how cheap even the "nicest" fake plants look in a tank, but all this CO2, ferts, ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, water hardness/softness, daily monitoring is starting to hurt my head.
04-09-2015 02:05 AM
sockfish Not much has changed in my 6, but after switching over to the
42 LED, I've grown whole crops of horsetail and a ginormous corkscrew val!
03-18-2015 12:44 AM
prostudent4life I've been working on my edge. Its stocked with shrimp, Ruby and Ember tetras. The micro sword is looking better since adding the Planted+, it even appears to be spreading now.
03-16-2015 10:49 PM
boguz Hi guys
I am an edge tanks lover. I like its design a lot. And finally got one 6months ago. As i like planted tanks, i have been trying some low tech designs. I tried tying mosses to small rocks but it didnt go well. So, i am now trying tying to small nets. We ll see if its work or not.
And yes, lightining is poor, hope to get 42led soon.
Do you have any ideas for growing well mosses at this poor light ?




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