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Old 02-22-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Fluval Edge Regeneration


Hello Guys!

Yet again, I am starting up an aquarium, but this time with an old friend.

My Fluval Edge that I bought about two years ago had a crack so recently I decided to take the top off. When I did this I realised evaporation was annoying and left dirty lime scale marks, so I'm going to get a 2mm sheet of acrylic to sit on the top. This stop evaporation but will still allow me to manoeuvre easier in the tank. If you're wondering, I took the top off with a Stanley Knife and some ribbon (easier with dental floss but I didn't have any at the time). The knife is used to score the outer bits and the ribbon is used to get deeper into the silicone. I had to smash part of the glass open to get inside.

Here is a list of all the stuff that's going to be involved.

Tank: Rimless Fluval Edge (6g)
Substrate: Tetra Complete Substrate, capped with Black Sand
Filter: Aquaclear 20 (Edge stock filter)
Lights: 2x MR11 LED Lights from ebay
CO2: Tropica Plant Growth System 60 (No longer using this)
Flora: Cryptocoryne Nevellii, Staurogyne Repens, Dwarf Hairgrass, Flame Moss
Fauna: Red Cherry Shrimp, Pygmy Cories (Maybe, but I doubt it)

I'm trying the Tropica System because it's really cheap and in my budget, IT may not be the best but I'm a beginner when it comes to CO2. (I've been using Easy Carbo) I'm waiting on the gravels to come so I can order everything else

Question: Do I set the CO2 system up during cycling? Or should I wait until the tank is cycled?

I'll post some pictures soon.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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I would set it up while it's cycling to help keep algae grown somewhat minimized and give the plants an extra kick in their growth.

Sounds like a promising set up!
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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Here are some pictures of the tank, empty.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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I've now ordered the mr11 LED replacement bulbs (not the fluval ones) from [Ebay Link Removed]

They are 6000K which is good, wide angle and are energy saving . Since they aren't water proof, I've also bought a sheet of acrylic to use as my new removable hood, which will be cut into an "E" shape to protect the lights. I'll show you guys how I did it when it comes so it will make more sense then.

The sand and substrate still hasn't come. Quite annoying as I can't order the plants until then and I'm no longer on holiday so I don't have lots of time to devote to it. It will still be nice though, I promise D:
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So...quick update

I cancelled the Roman black sand order as they were messing about and ordered some off eBay which came in 24 hours! Only thing is I only ordered 2kg but it seems like it's a small amount so I'll have to use a lot more tetra complete substrate to make up for that little error.

The acrylic also came within 24 hours and it's been cut to size already. Just waiting on the lights and the substrate and then I can get going!

You can see where the gap allows the filter to flow still but protects the lights which are not waterproof.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:21 PM   #6
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Hey guys!

So the LED lights came two days ago, the tetra complete substrate came today and so did the plants I ordered from Aquaessentials. I decided to start setting the tank up.

I sprinkled the dry ferts on the base and in between the two substrate layers to get things going. The white powder is the NPK and the brown powder in the micronutrients. I then planted it up with Staurogyne rubescens, cryptocoryne petchii and dwarf hairgrass. I'm yet to find a decent spot for the flame moss but its coming from my main tank so there's no rush.

Tank looks good, water is SUPER clear at the moment and the cycling begins as of today! Last time it cycled perfectly in a week but I'll give it at least two considering I'm using a nutrient enriched substrate. Hopefully this tank goes well so I can prove that you CAN aquascape on a budget! This whole set up cost roughly 50 (if you don't include the stuff I already had e.g. rocks, heater, tank etc)

When it cycles I'm going to add the four amano shrimp from the main tank. When it eventually (hopefully) starts to 'fill out' I'll add some cherry shrimp and a nerite snail when algae rears its ugly head.

I hope you guys like the journal so far and I will keep you posted on any new updates! Feel free to ask me about anything you want to know, I'll be happy to help
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Nice scape! Are you able to put the hood back on? I find it's easier to just shine a CFL desktop lamp while still keeping the stock look of the tank.

At least the crack was on the top glass not the bottom,
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Nice scape! Are you able to put the hood back on? I find it's easier to just shine a CFL desktop lamp while still keeping the stock look of the tank.

At least the crack was on the top glass not the bottom,
At the moment I can't put the hood on properly but that's because the piece of acrylic I used to shield the lights is slightly too long and will need trimming. However, without the acrylic it fits back on snug. I may have to think about the CFL lamp idea. Where did you get yours from?
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I've removed the 2mm acrylic on top because for some annoying reason it keeps bending like a chinese roof I've just taped a sheet over the bulbs to protect them. When the bulbs die out I'll just fork out for the splashproof leds from fluval It's basically rimless for now but I know evaporation is going to be a PITA!
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Eventually, I changed my mind and went ahead with the Tropica plant growth system 60. I've had it set up for about 1 week and it seems to be doing a decent job. Plant growth rates have improved, and will probably continue to grow better once I get the Fluval LED bulbs installed (another of my mind changes). I tried to go with the ebay bough LEDs but no matter how I protected them, water still manages to reach them so I'm waiting on the delivery and have put the halogens back until then.

I only have the rubbish test strips but the tank appears to be coming to or ending the cycle as there are no nitrites, there is some nitrates and the water is crystal clear. I'm going to double check at my LFS though.

Soon to be introduced:

- A snail of some kind
- 4 Amano shrimp from my main tank
- Cherry Shrimp

I also want to add some hiding places, I have LOADS of moss that I could use but from the scape I've created I can't think of anywhere to actually put the moss. Any ideas guys???
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The official Fluval Edge LEDs turned up and the difference is amazing. Looks so bright! and now I don't have to worry about water damage.

The alder cones have come too so hopefully the ph will lower slightly and the anit-fungal properties will make the oncoming shrimp comfortable.
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Long story short guys, I got really annoyed with the plants so the only plants in there are cryptocorynes, some flame moss and one pogostemon helferi. Also, my cherry shrimp have finally been deployed! IT was my first online order of any live stock and all went smoothly. I only ordered 12 but I got close to 23 of them!! I will probably add a few high grade cherry shrimps to 'red' it up a bit. At the moment all I can see is just loads of shrimp zooming around the tank which is a good sign I guess. There's also a zebra nerite in there too. I will post pics up soon once the shrimp have calmed down a bit lol - tank is looking very nice.
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