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Old 10-11-2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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How easily does the Aqueon scratch.

I heard that the early models had hazing. Still true.
I would say they're just like any other acrylic tank I've owned, little minor scatches but once it's filled with water you can notice them.



Also will post new pictures tomorrow, I got my first order of plants in today so waiting for water to clear up. I also got my new 10" Finnex FugeRay 7000k LED light today. So now I have 2 x 10" Finnex FuegRay's on this tank!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #17
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Here's the newest pictures of the tank!!! I'm almost done planting this tank just waiting for my shipment of Lilaeopsis sp. to replace the dwarf hairgrass, then the only thing left is to get a co2 injection system.








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Old 10-13-2013, 04:26 AM   #18
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So I tore down this tank yesterday to briefly set up my 6 gallon topless fluval edge so I can see exactly how many plants I have, and how much room the plants take up. Plus I wanted to fully re-scape the Evolve which will happen later today when my nodes of Lilaeopsis sp. come in this afternoon, plus I ordered a brand new coralife digital timer so I replace the analog one I'm using right now.

So now I guess I should start up photoshop so I can start making a couple different scapes, and figure out which one I like best lol.

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Old 10-17-2013, 05:32 PM   #19
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Last night I set this tank back up, but I just got a couple more plants so I'm going to tear it back down so I can re-scape it again. I'll take some new pictures hopefully tonight, if not tomorrow for sure.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:09 AM   #20
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How easily does the Aqueon scratch.

I heard that the early models had hazing. Still true.
I don't know about scratches, but the Evolve4 I have already has stress fractures (looks like ALOT of tiny scrathes or spider webbing) its on the front of the tank by the top and has a arching looking to it, not something I could produce from dropping in gravel or cleaning so I know its just the cheap plastic breaking from water weight/temperature change. It pisses me off, the light bounces off them, makes it real apparent, I'm half tempted to take it back to the store and just order some glass and build a tank from scratch.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:41 AM   #21
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Hmmm must be the one you have, because my Evolve 4 is in great condition. Only issue I've had with mine is the water wouldn't clear up, but it was because some java ferns I added to it were attached too high on my driftwood so it was blocking water flow so it caused the water to remain cloudy. I just finished re-scaping the tank, and attached the java ferns lower on the driftwood and now everything seems to be flowing right.

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Old 10-20-2013, 03:13 AM   #22
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Hmmm must be the one you have, because my Evolve 4 is in great condition. Only issue I've had with mine is the water wouldn't clear up, but it was because some java ferns I added to it was too high on my driftwood so it was blocking water flow so it caused the water to remain cloudy. I just finished re-scaping the tank, and attached the java ferns lower on the driftwood and now everything seems to be flowing right.
I envy you, but I can't complain, got mine on clearance so much lower $. Currently suing it as guinea-pig for cycling methods/plant growing.
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I got my Evolve 4 used, I traded a SunSun302 canister filter for the Evolve 4, and a 6 gallon topless Fluval Edge. Although the Evolve didn't come with the light fixture, it was the Evolve itself, plastic top piece, and the return pump. But I've spent around $100 upgrading it, now it has 2 x 10" Finnex FugeRay 7000k LED lights, a 25w Fluval compact heater, ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia as substrate, and about $60 worth of plants in it lol.

If I could stop re-scaping the darn thing I plan on housing 5 Celestial Pearl Danio, 3 Otocinclus Algae Eaters, 3 Nerite snails, and 12 Ghost Shrimp. But I can't stock the thing until I learn to finally settle on the aquascape.
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I don't know about scratches, but the Evolve4 I have already has stress fractures (looks like ALOT of tiny scrathes or spider webbing) its on the front of the tank by the top and has a arching looking to it, not something I could produce from dropping in gravel or cleaning so I know its just the cheap plastic breaking from water weight/temperature change. It pisses me off, the light bounces off them, makes it real apparent, I'm half tempted to take it back to the store and just order some glass and build a tank from scratch.
My last evolve was like that exactly I couldn't stand it so I took it back for a new one now mine looks great
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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My last evolve was like that exactly I couldn't stand it so I took it back for a new one now mine looks great
I wish I could exchange mine but it was the last one at my petsmart and none of the others nearby can give an answer on the phone "do you have any left?" .."uhhh".... I swear they employ idiots only around here.
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How did the lileopsis end up looking?
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It's looking pretty good so far, but because I keep re-scaping the darn tank some of my plants started dying off. But I'm finally done re-scaping the tank, and decided to use some brand new ADA Amazonia so it's now a waiting game for the water to clear up. I may use my Aquaclear 20 power filter on it just to speed things up
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So I've decided to tear this tank down, and re-scape my 45 gallon long tank. Everything will be transferred to the 45 gallon tank tomorrow.
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So everything got transferred to the 45 gallon tank, but I decided to set this tank back up with the driftwood piece. I added more moss to the driftwood, and put some rocks around it. So here's the new setup...

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