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Old 06-04-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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Newbie 6-gallon Edge Iwagumi-esque


This is my first ever aquarium, and I'm super excited to get it started.

6-gallon Fluval Edge
Wingo LED light mod
Aquatek pressurized CO2 (will be in HOB)
Archaea mini-aquarium heater (will also be in HOB)
ADA Amazonia Soil, normal type
ADA La Plata Sand
Seiryu stone

I used to have a densely planted terrarium, and that eventually became overgrown. Now I'm trying my hand at aquascaping. I know this set up is not strictly following the principles of iwagumi, but I hope it will be nice once it's all planted. I'll be doing a dry-start of HC in the foreground, and Glosso in the background.

Don't know what kind of fish I will have, but probably just a small group of zebra danios...but I have a couple of months to decide.

I welcome any comments and suggestions.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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WESTCOAST!!!

loving the hard scape also you mentioned you did a wingo led light mod, what exactly is that on the edge?

i am also an edge owner and found out that there are quite a bit of restrictions for the hardscape without limiting your ability to do proper tank maintenance.
only suggestion was to perhaps put a bit more soil?
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:55 AM   #3
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@trix25, thanks for the suggestion for more soil. I actually came back to it after taking the photo and decided that it needed more, so I put an additional layer on there.

The Wingo light mod is a something that you can purchase through a lighting guy who makes modifications specifically for the Fluval Edge aquariums. You can find him if you search for it on Ebay, and I'm sure you can find discussions about him on the forums here. I'm a horrible DIY'er particularly when it comes to wiring and such, so I decided to just go ahead and buy something that someone else had already made. I need enough light to grow high light-loving plants, so I definitely needed to swap out what came standard with the Edge.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:30 AM   #4
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Received plants in very good condition. So far, so good.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:23 AM   #5
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Can you post a pic of the light. I am not sure I know what a Wingo LED light mod
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:38 AM   #6
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It's basically a homemade LED box with reflectors and lenses. I think you can find a picture of it if you search for "Wingo LED Fluval" on Ebay. I bought my unit from him, but not through Ebay. I think there's been mention of his mods elsewhere on this forum.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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Kudos to you for taking on this project. Especially in a fluval edge which is very hard and tricky to maintain IMO. I eventually got frustraed with this tank and broke it down. But I think this would make a great moss/shrimp tank. Goodluck and hope it grows in well.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #8
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Good luck. The hardscape looks good, did you buy it locally?
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:42 AM   #9
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@binbin9, I bought the hardscape from a seller on Ebay after not much luck trying to source seiryu stone locally near Seattle. I actually bought way more than I needed, but as it turns out, it was probably good that I had lots to choose from when I was playing around with the layouts. I may swap out some of the more shallow stones in the front when the HC grows in...the stones there now may become invisible altogether when the plants fill out.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:02 AM   #10
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Day 4, and the plants seems to be doing really well....no melting at all. I'm astonished, but pleased that I'm seeing new growth. I guess it'll be a while before the roots get established. Meanwhile, I'm excited that I just ordered a glass intake tube from a supplier in Germany. He posted elsewhere on this forum, and that's how I found him. From the pictures of his Fluval Edge, the intake tube almost disappears in the water, which is exactly what I want for my set-up. The perspective point for my tank is between the rocks, down the sand path, and I would rather not have the existing smokey gray intake tube be the focal point. I will post pictures once they arrive.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:07 AM   #11
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Sweet, there's a rock place in Kent too that has some pretty cool rocks I did a photo tour of the place the other week.

http://www.wafishbox.com/t7470-my-ph...y-s-rock-world
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Great to see progress on this tank. If I may ask how much did it cost for the glass lily pipe? I am interested in it myself.

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Day 4, and the plants seems to be doing really well....no melting at all. I'm astonished, but pleased that I'm seeing new growth. I guess it'll be a while before the roots get established. Meanwhile, I'm excited that I just ordered a glass intake tube from a supplier in Germany. He posted elsewhere on this forum, and that's how I found him. From the pictures of his Fluval Edge, the intake tube almost disappears in the water, which is exactly what I want for my set-up. The perspective point for my tank is between the rocks, down the sand path, and I would rather not have the existing smokey gray intake tube be the focal point. I will post pictures once they arrive.
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@trix25, I paid 17 euro, which included shipping, for one glass pipe. The user's name on here is Mik, and he mentioned it on page 122 of The Official Edge thread on this forum. I'll post pics and updates when I receive it.
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The layout is beautiful. It will be exciting to see this tank evolve.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:51 AM   #15
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A fellow west coaster! Cheers from Vancouver, I like your layout and plant choice so far. Just got myself an edge and have yet to decide what to do with it. Will be stoked to see yours progress
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