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Old 01-24-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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el gordo 6 gallon fluval edge journal


I also have the 6 Gallon Fluval Edge and thought I'd start my own thread to document my edge progress.

Here's my setup:


Substrate: -full bag of eco-complete


Lights:
- upgraded to LEDs, replacing the Halogen Bulbs.

- took apart an ikea floor lamp and used the socket and cord to zip tie a 10w Coralife mini compact.


I zip-tied the bulb to the provided canopy like many others have done. I used electrical tape to secure some aluminum foil to the lighting arm where the bulb touches in order to add some heat protection.

Reflector:
- I took apart a Mylar balloon and turned the hood that came with the aquarium into a giant Mylar reflector. A cheap alternative to maximizing light. I left a little space in the canopy for heat to escape. The mylar shields the plastic from getting too hot where the bulb touches. The reflector really helps with the compact fluorescent bulb. The angle isn't ideal but there's only so much you can cram under the fluval canopy.





CO2
- right now I've got a DIY Yeast setup.
- I am currently using an undergravel filter for diffusing the CO2 and it works amazingly well.

I used quick fix wetsuit repair to create a seal with the tubing and the plastic cap I drilled for the DIY co2 setup. Absolutely zero leaks.

here's the stuff:



And a little duck tape on the cap and tube just for good measure.



I have a 5lb pressurized canister that I'm going to hookup once the yeast where's out. For those of you that live in New York or in the Queens area, I had my CO2 tank refilled at Awisco in Maspeth for $24.59. They are located at:

55-15 43rd Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
(718) 786-7788

I purchased an glass nano diffuser that I'm gonna use once it arrives

Heater
- I've jammed the hydor heater for 5 gallons into the provided HOB filter. Its keeping the water temp at around 73. I'm looking into getting the "heatstik" instead. Anybody use one of these?

Current inhabitants:
-6 neon tetras
-1 amano shrimp

I have some plastic mesh screening that I purchased from Home Depot years ago and cut it out and stitched some Java Moss to it using green thread and some plant weights that I clipped to the edge of the screening to hold it down.

At first I just made a mound of the substrate with the moss as a focus.

Then I found a rock that was unearthed near my apartment building during an excavation. Gave it a bleach bath using a little bleach and water then boiled it. I liked the rock so much I went searching around for the same type of rock. This is not very easy to do when you live in New York City. So I went on a walk through my neighborhood and found two similar type of rocks near a cemetery.





now for the standard lights..


rocks



shrimp time



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Old 01-24-2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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Looks great. I have always really loved moss. Can't wait to see this progress.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Default DIY Fluval Mylar Reflector

Here's what I did to my fluval canopy with a balloon....and so can you!!



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Dumb questions, I should know this by now........what kinds of mesh are you using for the Java Moss and how are you connecting it to the mesh?
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I'm using some pretty standard home depot stuff that I got a roll of. Not sure what the specifics are of it though. I originally purchased it awhile back to cover some old vents in my apartment. I hand sewed a couple squares with plain old needle and thread. That took awhile. So I measured out the area I wanted to keep it and put some moss on the mesh and ran it through a sewing machine.
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starting to get a little hair algae on the back glass...time for a water change

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picked up the fluval edge filter sponge. The way I have my rocks setup, I don't think it will be too visible.



I may give the sponge a haircut just to make it sleeker. Probably not necessary, but why not? got it for a $1.

still waiting on the nano diffuser. gonna give my current diffuser a trim too.

this is what I have been using:



and it really puts out a fine fine mist of bubbles. dirt cheap too
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Here are some pictures of my lighting setup with the replacement LEDs and the 10w power compact.


In the filter picture below, you can see how I zip tied the electrical cord to the lighting arm. You can also see that I've crammed a thermometer in one of the HOB filters as well as my Hydor heater. I am thinking about putting my CO2 line in a hole that is near the impeller as suggested on this forum. The less equipment inside this tank, the better.


Below is a profile picture of the lighting unit. The cord that I run the power compact has an on off switch...kind of helpful. You can see it towards the bottom left of the small photo,

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I also made some changes to the filter intake. I purchased the fluval filter sponge that you attach to the filter intake to keep the moss from getting sucked up and harming the impeller. The foam itself is quite large and bulky, so I gave the foam sponge a haircut and zip-tied it with a undergravel filter airbubbler. It now keeps the moss from jamming my impeller or any other object getting sucked into the filter.



I also made a DIY aquascaping tool that allows me to clean any diatoms or hair algae from the glass as well as slope the substrate with a baking spatula and a aquarium safe scouring pad which I folded and zip tied to the end. With an aquarium with such a small opening at the top, every little bit helps.
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more tank photos

I like how it looks from the side too..

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testing my water, I've noticed that my pH has gone up a little and that there is a higher GH in my tank...the culprit has not been found yet, but I believe I may have put some limestone in under the substrate to balance the large gneiss rock in the scape. Not looking forward to digging them out, but...why not?
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Here's a great site to help you identify what rocks you have.

http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/rockkey/index.html
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the larger rock was the culprit. not limestone, but had some deposits on the side that needed to be scrubbed off. they were bubbling under the vinegar test, but once I removed the deposits, everything seemed to be stable. The rock is gneiss and slate I believe. more on the gneiss side. But I was able to dig a little clay out of it when cleaning. anyway, a huge pain to reaquascape
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gonna do another water change tomorrow and hopefully get the gh down after I had scrubbed and cleaned up the big rock that was dirtier than I thought. Just got the nano diffuser in from Singapore. Gonna hook up the pressurized in the morning. Gonna post some pics tomorrow.
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Got my nano diffuser from www.aqmagic.com and hooked up my 5lb tank today. Here's some photos:

diffuser came from singapore



packaged very well


unwrapped

hookin up the tank

you can see the distance from the tank to the aquarium in this photo. It's in the bottom right corner. out of the way and out of sight.

diffuser...diffusing


Got my levels back on track today after scrubbing some of the deposits off the big rock. Did a big water change.
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hopefully I can keep these levels stable.
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