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akpoly 08-07-2012 03:56 AM

6g Edge re-scape
 
Got bored of the mish mash in my original 6g edge. Going to turn this into the edge of an island. Got blasting sand with volcano rock with fissiden fontanus on top. No co2. Just a simple fissiden tank with green neon tetras and I think I'll finally try some shrimp when the fissiden has grown out!

I think the volcano rock will pretty much be the filtration media. Its porous and there is a lot of it.

Sometimes it helps being in the construction industry. Some of the"samples" I got. I need a little more of the small lava rocks though.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7...18367cc9_z.jpg

New lights!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/7...1e8b6931_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7...4b3ea40f_z.jpg

Gotta break it!
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/7...52df3265_z.jpg

To fix it!
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7...b9a4ae8e_z.jpg

Much better than MR11s or 16s. Got a 50W heater than can fit in the filter. So nothing will show but the intake.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7...af3eb7bd_z.jpg

WIP.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7...1ceaf22a_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8289/7...9da9d7da_z.jpg


I might want to try some small plants growing out where the rock and sand meet. Looking for something to contrast the fissiden but also be able to survive a no co2 tank. Any suggestions?

bawigga 08-07-2012 04:39 AM

Nice! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

ddrfreak_tung 08-07-2012 04:54 AM

wow i love the look of it partially filled. Looks like you cut a chunk off the beach and took it home! GET SOME FIDDLERS! lol jk but nice hardscape

DBlauj 08-07-2012 05:30 AM

Where did you get your lights?

akpoly 08-07-2012 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by DBlauj (Post 1970458)
Where did you get your lights?

Its from super bright leds.

dunehole 08-07-2012 02:26 PM

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I might want to try some small plants growing out where the rock and sand meet. Looking for something to contrast the fissiden but also be able to survive a no co2 tank. Any suggestions?[/QUOTE]

Some C. Parva might look good right at the edge of the rocks.. You may need a couple root tabs for them to grow their best.

Like the scape so far. Good luck.

wetbizquit 08-07-2012 05:22 PM

wow very impressed, im loving this setup might be my favorite edge setup, might have to bite your style for mine ;) im selling my edge in the trade/sale section but if no one picks it up for 95$ bran new then i will have to tell my wife it didnt sell and i HAVE to set it up :) ha ha i cant wait to see yours up and running!!

somewhatshocked 08-07-2012 07:21 PM

Great tank.

Would be super-nice if you could do a DIY tutorial of all the components necessary to modify the light fixture with those LED bars. I see dozens of Edge threads with people wondering how to do it.

radioman 08-07-2012 08:05 PM

Are you worried about algae? Those lights look bright.

sugarbyte 08-07-2012 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 1970917)
Great tank.

Would be super-nice if you could do a DIY tutorial of all the components necessary to modify the light fixture with those LED bars. I see dozens of Edge threads with people wondering how to do it.

I agree!

Which are the LED's you bought specifically?

akpoly 08-08-2012 05:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dunehole (Post 1970637)
Some C. Parva might look good right at the edge of the rocks.. You may need a couple root tabs for them to grow their best.

Like the scape so far. Good luck.

Yeah I was thinking of crypt parva. As long as I can keep them really small they might make some nice bushiness at the bottom of the rocks.


Quote:

Originally Posted by wetbizquit (Post 1970793)
wow very impressed, im loving this setup might be my favorite edge setup, might have to bite your style for mine ;) im selling my edge in the trade/sale section but if no one picks it up for 95$ bran new then i will have to tell my wife it didnt sell and i HAVE to set it up :) ha ha i cant wait to see yours up and running!!

Haha! Its definitely a challenging tank but worth it because of the super modern look. Super hard to get some sense of depth and verticality. My camera phone also can't take good enough photos of this for sense of depth.

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 1970917)
Great tank.

Would be super-nice if you could do a DIY tutorial of all the components necessary to modify the light fixture with those LED bars. I see dozens of Edge threads with people wondering how to do it.

I can try post something in a few days when I'm not overloaded at work! But this definitely isn't as cheap as adding a few CFLs.

Quote:

Originally Posted by radioman (Post 1970976)
Are you worried about algae? Those lights look bright.

They are more even in terms of light spread. I'd probably say its upper low-med light. I don't have a huge spotlight in the middle of my tank. Its still there but not as aparent as with the stock mr11s. But then again, I also don't have it flooded. So it might change when the water goes up.

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Originally Posted by sugarbyte (Post 1971048)
I agree!

Which are the LED's you bought specifically?

I bought this set of LEDs. Its not as good as the AI nano or Current USA strips I have on my other tanks but its good enough for my purpose.


Next step, splash guard! So my LEDs don't have fried wires.

akpoly 08-08-2012 05:35 AM

I've finished my scape and spread out the fissidens. Now its the waiting game! :fish1: I hear its 2-3 weeks before fissidens will attach to the rocks.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7...77487d78_z.jpg

Two emersed tanks! for now... :icon_evil

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7...4b353b7c_z.jpg

wetbizquit 08-08-2012 06:34 AM

looking great, i have seen your other tank from another thread, great setup you got going there, i love your style, if you have any links to your other tanks i would love to take a look at em, your edge looks awesome, how is your experience with fissedens? i have never tried them out before and would like to get some feedback

vvDO 08-10-2012 08:41 PM

Looks like a great light mod... Are you planning to weather seal the light strips... Moisture killed my mr-11s

sugarbyte 08-10-2012 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by akpoly (Post 1971553)
I bought this set of LEDs. Its not as good as the AI nano or Current USA strips I have on my other tanks but its good enough for my purpose.

Good enough to grow low/medium-light plants? I'm currently looking for an extra boost to add to my two mr11 leds.


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