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CryptKeeper54 07-18-2012 06:44 AM

CryptKeeper54's Fluval Edge
 
My Fluval Edge 6 gallon tank arrived today. I'm late to the party, but going to enjoy this setup. Nice and contemporary design. LED lighting could be more intense, definitely less intense then my eheim aquastyle lights, but the spectrum of 7600K is very pleasing to the eyes. Makes my eheim aquastyle lights look yellow. Checking for leaks. Silicone seams are not bad (looking at ADA tanks just spoiled my perception of every other tank out there as far as quality and build). Plastic base and top seems a bit flimsy but serves its purpose. I think I'm gonna have a friend build a replica base with koa wood. That wood look pimp, classy and highend as hell. Anyways, always fun to start with a blank slate.

Going to use Fluval Stratum... plants I'm thinking of using: Crypt wendtii in corners, anubias nana petite used as borders, s.repens somewhere, crypt parva as foreground, branchwood and stones (forgot name...yamana stone? Got to check LFS Aquascapes for name). Will plan for a low maintenence tank. The more I look at the tank, the more I think it needs white decorative sand somewhere to brighten up the tank. Comments and suggestions welcomed. Going to donate this tank to a friend. Building this tank for the sake of plantednanotanks.com.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-17191130.jpg

CryptKeeper54 07-19-2012 07:30 AM

Got impatient and scaped this Edge. Wood not even water logged yet..... what a PITA to work with this Edge is. Just a post setup pic. Hope my crypts don't melt to bad.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-18191050.jpg

Vermino 07-19-2012 08:09 AM

i feel ya brotha on the scaping in the edge.. but it looks good, any livestock going into it?

CryptKeeper54 07-19-2012 08:15 AM

I haven't decided yet. Going to consult with my friend cause its going to be his to take care of. I'm guessing low maintenance fish to go along with my low maintenance plants.

Caleb19 07-19-2012 01:30 PM

+1 on Edge scaping. The 12g is even more of a PITA.

kclone 07-19-2012 02:11 PM

Very nice. Does the tank have a heater? If so, what temp are you running?

CryptKeeper54 07-19-2012 04:54 PM

I live in Hawaii. Never felt the need for heaters, I don't even monitor temps.... maybe I should.

CryptKeeper54 07-21-2012 08:19 AM

Day 3: so far so good. Still waiting for wood to be fully water logged. Right branch out of place cause its floating (semi anchored to a rock). I'm hoping these lights will sustain these plants, especially the crypt parva. The 21 LED light leaves a lot to be desired for planted tank fans. Forced to use low light plants it seems with this stock light. This has probably been said a million times in this thread but didn't have time to read every post...lol. The edge is very cool to look at from the top if you can maintain an air bubble free view. Very sleek an contemporary design that would look great in most homes. Would I buy another one? Probably not, unless the prices drop dramatically.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-19205916.jpg

sayurasem 07-21-2012 08:54 AM

Nice edge!

CryptKeeper54 07-21-2012 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 1951392)
Nice edge!

Thanks... next project will be a spec (should arrive next week), then a finnex, then a spec 5, then hopefully I can join the 12 gal long club. Making up for lost time. Big nano tank fan. This forum has been great to me. Going to care for it for a month then give this tank to a friend (gonna be hard to do cause I already love the look of this tank and scape), hope it settles in okay. More pics and a video to come soon.

CryptKeeper54 07-22-2012 06:39 AM

Update:

Hard to see in pic, but parva melting and turning yellow already. Hope it's not to dramatic. Crypt melt is so irritating.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-21164603.jpg

GMYukonon24s 07-22-2012 02:45 PM

Nice looking tank.

CryptKeeper54 07-22-2012 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 1952583)
Nice looking tank.

Thanks. Hope it grows in well. Want to enter this in a local contest just for experience. Low tech can be beatiful IMO.

CryptKeeper54 07-25-2012 09:56 AM

Should I be doing water changes with all this crypt melt?
 
Update:

Meltdown continues.... sucks cause these guys are gonna take forever to grow back, if they even grow back at all.

About a week now in this "low tech," fluval stratum tank. Anyone thinks I should be doing a water change cause of all the crypt melt? Or let my crypts get situated to these conditions for a longer period before first water change?

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-23200402.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-23200014.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-23200345.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/...7-23200259.jpg

tomfromstlouis 07-25-2012 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CryptKeeper54 (Post 1956163)
Update:

Meltdown continues.... sucks cause these guys are gonna take forever to grow back, if they even grow back at all.

Yes, crypt melt sucks, but that is the way this world works. Acceptance of what we cannot change, grasshopper, is one of the keys to happiness. They WILL grow back eventually. Starting a tank is all about patience.

While we are on the subject, I have an Edge and find it a pain to scape too. I even made things harder by placing a tall rock in it. I have accepted it as the price of the overall awesome look of the tank.


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