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Old 02-21-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Dkbmxr18's 6g Fluval EDGE Journal.


Had a great go-around with the edge once already. I pulled out my entire low tech setup and moved it over to a 10g my sister gave me. Everything is much happier there. Now it's time to start fresh!!


Tank- Fluval Edge 6g

Substrate- Black Flourite

Equipment- Gutted 27w Hampton bay light mounted in stock hood, Hydor 50w heater, Stock aquaclear 20 filter, digital temp gauge mounted inside filter (for a clean look).

CO2-diy airstone underneath the aquaclear media basket. Tube goes into the hole behind the inlet pipe.

Plants-Haven't got them yet. Planning on DWG & HM.

Hard scape- Manzanita
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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Here is how I set up the lighting. I gutted a Hampton Bay 27w light.

Getting it all pulled apart..

Mounting the 27w..

All ready to go..

The finished product!


Man o man is it nice and bright in there! 20x better than the stock lighting :-)
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:19 AM   #3
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Nice mod! Was it hard to do? What plants are you going to try?
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:28 AM   #4
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Nice mod! Was it hard to do? What plants are you going to try?
Thanks!

The only hard part was the scavenger hunt to find all the screws to take the light apart.

I think that Dwarf Hairgrass, and HM or HC are on the agenda. I've only used Anubius, Java Fern, and Java Moss so the high tech tank is still new to me. I still have some research to do before I start planting. Can you recommend any other cool plants for these conditions? Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:36 AM   #5
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Wow. Great job. That light should be able to grow anything.

Do you have a web link to the light fixture? Also, how did you mount it to the arm?
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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Wow. Great job. That light should be able to grow anything.

Do you have a web link to the light fixture? Also, how did you mount it to the arm?
I took out the internals of a Hampton Bay light I got at Home Depot for $19.99. I used two zip ties to connect it to the original arm that the edge comes with. I hope it doesn't grow too much algae!
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:22 AM   #7
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u muct have read my mind. i saw this tank the other day and i saw you do this and you blew my mind!!! i so need to know more clearly how to do this! oh and plants... maybe some downoi
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:25 AM   #8
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I just can't believe that having both, the fluval and a hampton bay light, I didn't think of this modification

but you'll have to cut down the light period a lot! I use this light on a 5.5g and it's an algae farm...and keep the CO2 stable
good luck, will try it shortly
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Wow thats a helluva idea for the lighting! I'm curious to see how much algae you grow.
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I just can't believe that having both, the fluval and a hampton bay light, I didn't think of this modification

but you'll have to cut down the light period a lot! I use this light on a 5.5g and it's an algae farm...and keep the CO2 stable
good luck, will try it shortly
If the light ends up being a bit too much I'm going to fold of a piece of sheet metal or aluminum foil over one of the 4 tubes which should technically take away about 6watts.

I'll probably start getting some plants next weekend after I research this week Can't wait!
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Does this light seem to do a better job of getting to the edges of the tank?

I wonder if you could wire it to a dimmer switch somehow....
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:01 PM   #12
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Does this light seem to do a better job of getting to the edges of the tank?

I wonder if you could wire it to a dimmer switch somehow....
It does a much better job of getting the edges of the tank. I'm keeping all lower height plants so nothing is going to block the edges like in my other scape.

Dimmer switch is a real good idea but I'm sure if you can use one with lights on a ballast? Correct me if I'm wrong because I know nothing about lights on a ballast
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A dimmer would not be able to be used on the light fixture. I myself have taken apart this particular fixture and modified it to fit into a home made wood canopy on a 2.5 gallon tank for my daughter. Not a very difficult mod, but as mentioned, finding the screws are key.
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A dimmer would not be able to be used on the light fixture. I myself have taken apart this particular fixture and modified it to fit into a home made wood canopy on a 2.5 gallon tank for my daughter. Not a very difficult mod, but as mentioned, finding the screws are key.
That's what I figured about the dimmer.

I ordered my high tech pfertz kit today! It Should be here Friday. When it comes in I'm going to head to the LFS and get some HC if they have any left and start the emersed growth. I can't wait! Next up, Paintball co2.
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Very nice idea man l got the same light fixture myself but i never came across the idea +1 for originality. One thing that i am curious about is the zip ties holding the bulbs. How do you know the bulbs aren't going to someday wear/burn the zip ties out if that's even possible with these lights. Other than that great job. maybe someday i'll steal your idea and claim is as my own
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