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Conrad283 12-29-2012 12:36 AM

My 6g Fluval Edge. Setup w/pics and questions
 
Hi all, I've been researching on this forum for some time now. I have a 15 gallon tank that has fake plants which I just don't like look of. So I decided to build a fluval edge for my desk

Tank: Fluval edge 6g
Light: Ultrabright LED hood + (2) 10 watt bulbs in light fixtures
Sub: Eco-complete
Stone: Seiryu stone
Heater: Fluval 25W
CO2: Fluval mini setup with glass diffuser.

Plants: HC and Micro sword

Inverts: Red crystal shrimp (3 for now, hoping for them to breed, or I'm going to get 3 more).
Fish: Celestial Pearl Danios (eventually 6, but none right now)

Here are the pictures of the process:

Everyone knows what the tank looks like, but here it is anyway:
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354251408

The stone I ordered off of ebay (I played with a few arrangements before I put it in the tank):
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354341560

I put these stones in and loved the set-up right off of the bat (I left the stones in there for 48 hours and kept looking at it periodically to see if I found a flaw, but I didn't):
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354427257

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354427288

Planted the HC:
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354753537

And then the micro sword:
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354753520

Full of water:
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1354753500

Then, the HC turned brown because there was not nearly enough light. So I ordered ultrabrite LED hood and it worked well, but the light still didn't reach the sides and corners very well. I ordered more HC (more than the first time, so I could plant bigger clumps) and replanted it.
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1356062116

Here are the lamps with the 10 watt 6700k bulbs in each
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1356154257

My problem now (sorry for the crappy cell phone picture) is the algae on the rocks and towards the back of the tank.
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1356739508

I just got the shrimp in hopes of getting rid of some of the algae. What else can I do? I had the lights on for 10 hours, but I shortened it by an hour. I have CO2 going for an hour before the lights go on to an hour before they go off.

Thanks,
Andrew

Conrad283 12-29-2012 12:41 AM

I tested the water two days ago and my readings were
pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 20ppm

pedropete 12-29-2012 05:23 PM

otocinclus fish would also get rid of algae. nice scape!

Conrad283 01-07-2013 04:39 AM

So I had the three red crystal shrimp and they were doing a good job and all (and all were healthy), just weren't making quick progress. I bought seven red crystal shrimp from a local member on here and all together they were starting to make progress. Just not as much as I would've liked. I got a baby pleco (yes, I know (s)he'll be too big for the tank) to make a pit stop in this tank before he/she goes into my bigger tank.

Here are some updates:

That big rock in the middle was pretty much covered in algae and the majority of it is gone off of that rock. :)

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1357536304

Baby red crystal shrimp:

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1357536471

Hanging out:

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1357536523

I am overly pleased with the progress of algae removal. Tomorrow I am going to a LFS to get 2 oto's who will take up temporary residence in this tank before being moved to another.

Borikuan 01-07-2013 04:52 AM

Amanos will also help, but it seems to be under control now. Good job !

akpoly 01-07-2013 04:56 AM

Looking good! Maybe too much light for now though?

Conrad283 01-17-2013 05:02 AM

I was satisfied with the progress that the oto's and pleco as well as the shrimp did on the algae as most of it is already gone.

I wasn't satisfied with the micro sword in the back. It had algae on it and a lot of it melted without more growth. I purchased some dwarf sag from a member on here. So I decided to salvage some of the micro sword and replanted it in the middle of the tank and I planted the dwarf sag towards the corners with a couple of micro swords mixed in between

FTS:

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1358402371

Oto's love the dwarf sag already :)

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1358401024


Now my issue is rooting of the HC. A lot of it winds up floating to the top :( Most of it in the center of the tank has algae on it. I've just learned about it needed a finer substrate to help the roots hang onto something. So I think what I might do is remove the HC and see what's salvageable. Lay down about 1/2 on black sand and then replant the HC and/or get new HC. I have to see what my LFS has in that regard. What do you think?

Oh, I also just started dosing with seachem excel


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