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Old 11-01-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Cube Nano to 46 Litre Fluval Edge


Hi all,

I thought I'd share the migration of my Nano Cube flora and fauna to my 46 Litre Fluval Edge.

Here are some quick pics and description of the step I took to take-down the Cube Nano and setting up the Fluval Edge.

Wed, 31 Oct

5.30pm
The take down


So This is the tank I'm about to take down. Its been running for awhile now and I need to get in there and really clean anyway. So I might as well take it down and start up the new Fluval.

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Buckets & Containers galore...
You can never have enough for tank take down.

You will notice on the small container, I've added a small internal filter, this is where the fish will go.
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Draining the Cube

The cube was drained very slowly and the water was saved for use on the Edge.
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IMG_1736 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

I uprooted all the plants, and hardscape then transferred them to a container with the old tank water. Saving valuable nitrifying bacteria. I then caught my fish and transferred them to the small container with the small filter and heater.

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I then harvested all my filter media and placed them in a small bucket with the old tank water for re-use on the new Fluval Edge.

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6:30pm
Take Down complete



The Fluval Edge 46 Litre
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Making sure the content of the box is correct and none are damaged


IMG_1742 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr

After rinsing the the Edge tanks and making sure that there are no leaks.. It was time to positioning. This took awhile, I had to make sure I was happy with how it sat on my shelf.

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Preparing the substrate

I added flourish excel tablets first on the bottom of the tank.
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IMG_1746 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

Poured in the washed coral sand. I decided to to use coral sand because Sydney tap water ph is already 7.5-8-6 anyway. So the fish and plants are used to a high ph. Also at least coral sand will act as a buffer and keep the Ph level consistent. Previous tests on the Cube every week has an average ph of 7-8.

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IMG_1748 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

8.20pm
Hardscape


I've always loved coral sand and smooth river pebble/rocks in my tanks. When I scape, I tend to not over plan and let it just happen. There is no particular style that I aim for - I just do what feels right and what looks good to my eyes and with the materials i have on hand.

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IMG_1749 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is where the limitation of the Edge pissed me off. Because of the small opening, your choices of hardscape material is limited to what you can fit into that hole. I have a huge selection of river rocks but many didn't fit. And I was not in the mood to hammer them apart...

Finally happy with the composition.

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IMG_1750 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

9pm
The planting


I didn't buy any new plants, all my plants are good for low-tech tanks... So I just pruned them and trimmed the roots and replanted... There's no image of the lower level plants being planted as I was rushing to finish the planting so I can fill the tank...

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10pm
I installed the heater, filter and the back panel of the edge and made sure everything was working again. I placed most of my old filter media into the HOB filter and turned it on. Hopeful that seeding the EDGE with materials from my old tank will only put me through a mini cycle.

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11pm
After spending a bit of time on the filters and clean up..I added the usual ferts apart from the Flourish Carbon (I'll add that the next day).

So here is the finished scape. There will be things moved and re-arrange inthe next few weeks, but overall I like the look of the Fluval Edge.

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IMG_1754 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ill let it sit for 12 hour and test the water parameters. If everything is fine... Ill add the fish.

Thanks for reading... This was very fun and tiring. Well worth it.

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:30 AM   #2
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Water parametres are within good range.

Temp: 28C
Ph: 7
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate:0
Nitrite: 2-3 ish ppm (low enough)

Fish added introduced. Re-testing in about 6 hours ...

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IMG_1764 by Matt1977_Tank, on Flickr[/IMG]

The plants have fully opened up and have found the 'light'.
Did a full doze of Flourish Carbon this morning...

I re poste new pics in a week or so and see the results. As I mentioned, Im seeing things in the tanks that needs to be rearranged and pruned to get height levels right...

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Default tested the water again

so far so good.. all within range... Ill chill-out tonight.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:04 AM   #4
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looking good! those fluval edge tanks are so stylish
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Wow that is an amazing tank. It is not a large tank but you make it look so much bigger and the space is used so well. I would like to know what the fauna and flora are though if you do not mind me asking? Keep up the good work!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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Great looking tank!!
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Looks very nice. It has a clean look to it that is quite enjoyable.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:31 PM   #9
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Wow that is an amazing tank. It is not a large tank but you make it look so much bigger and the space is used so well. I would like to know what the fauna and flora are though if you do not mind me asking? Keep up the good work!
Hi! Thanks all..
It was fun swapping the tanks over.. I love the look of it now...

As per Fishboy's Q's:


Flora:
Hygrophila corymbosa
Anubias nana
Echinodorus amazonicus
Anubias barteri
Cryptocory​ne wendtii tropica
Banana Lily
Micro-Sword Grass

Fauna:
1 Male Betta
6 Cloud minnows
8 Cardinals

Borrowed 2 mollies from my mate to help kick-start mini cycle... They will be returned soon... Mini cycle seems to be not happening.

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grrrr... I spoke too soon.
Even with old tank water, filter medium from an established tank...my fluvial edge is going through a mini cycle. I smelt it when about to feed the fishes. So they are not going to get fed tonight.

Ph: 7.5
ammonia: .03
nitrite: .02
Nitrates: 10

It's still marginally ok, but will do 20% water change to be safe... re test tomorrow.

Sigh.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:03 AM   #11
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Hi All... just an update. I'm not a fan of the Fluval Edge standard HOB Filter... Its not comparable to the large built in filter that I had in the 50 litre cube. One of the reason that my low tech tanks flourish is because I had very good water circulation. The HOB didnt do that for me.

So I went to the LFS today and bought a small Eheim Clasic 250. Very happy with the flow rate and it was easy to install on the Edge.

Happy Salad in the tank now me thinks.
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grrrr... I spoke too soon.
Even with old tank water, filter medium from an established tank...my fluvial edge is going through a mini cycle. I smelt it when about to feed the fishes. So they are not going to get fed tonight.

Ph: 7.5
ammonia: .03
nitrite: .02
Nitrates: 10

It's still marginally ok, but will do 20% water change to be safe... re test tomorrow.

Sigh.
Parametres today:

Ph: 7.5
ammonia: .01
nitrite: .01
Nitrates: .5

C'mon settle down Edge!!!
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Default Edge canister filter | HOB simple modification

As per the above, I recently updated the standard Edge HOB to an Eheim Classic 250 canister filter. I was very happy with the update and the turn over of the water was very good!. However, because of the small opening of the Edge, hence a small surface for gas exchange. I don't think the tank was getting enough surface agitation for proper gas exchange because the flow of the water happens beneath the surface.

So to add surface agitation, My options were:
1. Spray bar - This will ruin the whole aesthetics of the Edge;
2. Lower the water level so the output of the canister filter agitates the water surface, again ruin the whole aesthetics of the Edge; or
3. Revert back to the HOB filter and sacrifice the water turn over that I want.

So I made a quick change|mod to get water agitation and not loose the efficiency of a canister filter.

I placed the HOB back to its position with the motor (turned off) still in place, but without the media basket or media. I then hooked the output spout of the canister filter on the HOB. I used sponge and wedge it between the inner wall of the HOB and the spout of the canister filter

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So to make the Edge neater internaly without the Ehein green pipe, I bought a glass lilly pipe online - cheap as chips! The I place the heater inside the HOB...

Loving it now.
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Nice timeline and beautiful setup!
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