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Old 03-21-2014, 07:23 PM   #1906
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Hello Edge-owners! Can I call you Edgies?

I just bought my first tank ever: A 6G Edge. I've probably spent about 50 hours on these forums lurking and learning about planted tanks. I live in a small space so I wanted a nano tank, but I decided I wouldn't buy anything that wasn't on sale.

I snagged my Edge for 40% off because it was missing its LEDs. Turns out the rear column is missing too, so I got an extra $35 off.

Now my issue is that I have no lights or rear column! Since I'm a beginner I plan on going low-tech, so I was actually okay with the stock lighting. Since so many of you have modded your tanks, I was wondering if anyone has spare lighting or a rear column they'd be willing to sell me? I'd be fine with the 12G lights too, and any color of column (since I can paint it).

Alternatively, can anyone recommend a good low/mid light set-up? My husband is a manufacturing engineer and sort of wants to build a new LED bar himself, but I still don't feel like I have a good handle on the whole lighting thing, and wouldn't know which LEDs to buy (and how many). My brain is already ready to explode after trying to memorize all the latin names and characteristics of so many plants and fish!

Anyways, even if you can't help me, thank you for this thread! It's one of my favorites. I admit I haven't read all 127 pages yet, but I'm working on it
Congrats on your Edge!

Potential sellers should note that you are in Canada, which could complicate/raise the cost of shipping the items to you.

You might want to look into a replacement column direct from Fluval. Might be relatively cheap!

I don't have stock lights I can sell you, but if you're interested (and shipping works out) I actually do have the Fluval Nano light that I was using on mine available to sell. If you scroll up on this page, Danjinkies has two of these on his, but one is plenty of light for low tech purposes.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:00 PM   #1907
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Congrats on your Edge!

Potential sellers should note that you are in Canada, which could complicate/raise the cost of shipping the items to you.

You might want to look into a replacement column direct from Fluval. Might be relatively cheap!

I don't have stock lights I can sell you, but if you're interested (and shipping works out) I actually do have the Fluval Nano light that I was using on mine available to sell. If you scroll up on this page, Danjinkies has two of these on his, but one is plenty of light for low tech purposes.
Thanks kman!

I was actually looking at that light as an option if I couldn't get something second hand since it looks like I could get it for about the same price as the stock lights. Does a single one fits under the Edge's hood fairly well? I hear they're a pain to mount securely, but I'm not worried about that. It's tough to find detailed specs on the Edge lights. How do you think the nano light compares in terms of strength? A little better than stock?

The column from fluval is $25 plus another $20 for shipping, which is a bit of a ripoff for a piece of plastic imo. I'd much rather find one or even make something, especially since it's no big rush to get it.

I forgot to mention it in my last post, but my brother lives in Washington, so I can have parts shipped to him to save on shipping. How much would you sell your nano light for?
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #1908
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Thanks kman!

I was actually looking at that light as an option if I couldn't get something second hand since it looks like I could get it for about the same price as the stock lights. Does a single one fits under the Edge's hood fairly well? I hear they're a pain to mount securely, but I'm not worried about that. It's tough to find detailed specs on the Edge lights. How do you think the nano light compares in terms of strength? A little better than stock?

The column from fluval is $25 plus another $20 for shipping, which is a bit of a ripoff for a piece of plastic imo. I'd much rather find one or even make something, especially since it's no big rush to get it.

I forgot to mention it in my last post, but my brother lives in Washington, so I can have parts shipped to him to save on shipping. How much would you sell your nano light for?
Nano is way brighter than the stock light. (84 LEDs vs 42 for the 12gal stock light or 21 for the 6 gal stock light) It's not a perfect fit under the hood, with the stock filtration, because the HOB filter is just a smidge too tall. I was using a canister filter instead. It mounts fine, although now that the sticky bit has been used you may need to find replacement sticky stuff, or perhaps try industrial velcro. It might still work fine, though, since it came off pretty cleanly from mine. Or actually, now that I think about it, with the stock HOB filter I just used some wire to hang it inside the hood instead of using the intended light mount, so that may not even be an issue for you.

Shoot me a PM, we'll work something out if you want to buy it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #1909
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Nano is way brighter than the stock light. (84 LEDs vs 42 for the 12gal stock light or 21 for the 6 gal stock light) It's not a perfect fit under the hood, with the stock filtration, because the HOB filter is just a smidge too tall. I was using a canister filter instead. It mounts fine, although now that the sticky bit has been used you may need to find replacement sticky stuff, or perhaps try industrial velcro. It might still work fine, though, since it came off pretty cleanly from mine. Or actually, now that I think about it, with the stock HOB filter I just used some wire to hang it inside the hood instead of using the intended light mount, so that may not even be an issue for you.

Shoot me a PM, we'll work something out if you want to buy it.
With that much light, do you think I'll have to add CO2 to counter algae growth? As far as size is concerned, I'm not worried about length so much since my husband can either remount the HOB or alter the light fixture itself to fit. I'm more worried about its height since it looks pretty thick.

It sounds like it'd be a lot simpler if someone has a stock light they want to get rid of, but otherwise I'll send you a PM in the next couple days. Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:52 PM   #1910
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Even though i had a reef going in the edge 12 gal, thought would post the pic here since i oove those little tanks!

Just wish Fluval would make these tanks with decent lighting!!





When i was setting this tank, heard many saying the tank isnt "appropriate" for a saltwater reef. I kept this tank set up for almost a year, and had the most success of all my tanks!
They are great tanks
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:48 PM   #1911
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Even though i had a reef going in the edge 12 gal, thought would post the pic here since i oove those little tanks!

Just wish Fluval would make these tanks with decent lighting!!





When i was setting this tank, heard many saying the tank isnt "appropriate" for a saltwater reef. I kept this tank set up for almost a year, and had the most success of all my tanks!
They are great tanks
Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are running this please? Lighting? Skimming? Filtration? Etc?
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #1912
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Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I detest the noise the HOB makes, and I was going to redo my tank. Any proven ideas?

I was thinking of maybe a small tunze powerhead inside which is pointed at the opening, in order to hopefully push enough water movement across the opening to achieve adequate oxygenation despite the limited surface area there? And I was thinking of adding a little canister filter which I could stuff i the cabinet underneath to keep it muffled, but I guess I'd just want that so I'd have someplace to put a little bit of carbon.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:10 PM   #1913
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It took me a few days, but I read through this entire thread.

I have recently acquired a 6 gallon Edge, with the respective journal found here!

Mxx: Many people have run their Edge without the HOB. What some people do is leave the HOB on the tank (but off and empty) and have a canister filter outlet run in there, sometimes baffled with a sponge. That way the water still runs out the HOB slope to help oxidize. Or people do what you thought and simply have the canister's outflow angled towards the surface opening for water movement.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:14 PM   #1914
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Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are running this please? Lighting? Skimming? Filtration? Etc?
I had to do mods, which in my opinion, are the fun part. I enjoy working in those things and see them as cool little projects. I removed the HOB and light bracket(weak leds which are bad for anything you plan on keeping). Eshops makes a nano overflow box that fits almost perfectly inside the plastic tower that before housed the HOB filter.

You must remove with a sharp blade the top glass from the tank in order to be able to have the overflow box work properly. I ran a 1/2" clear hose from the overflow box down to a sump(5 gal cube i had underneath). I made a hole through the base of the plastic frame that hold the tank on the back and through the top of the stand the tank was on so the hose was completely hidden, like the tank had never been modded.
In the sump, i ran a small skimmer and phosphate reactor. On the tank top, since i had removed the glass that holds the "light box", i got two glass strips that were placed exactly where the light box sits so it had support without the top glass. I also did some DIY led combo of whites and blues.

Here are some pics of the mods:
The overflow box is already installed, and the change is minimal to the sharp tank appearance which is the nicest aspect of the Edge IMO




I glued small pieces of rock to hide the box, and scaped the tank in a way so the the rocks formed a center pillar following the box all the way down to look natural



Sump with filtration



Light mods. As you can see, i attached the led module with screws through the metalic mesh that is on the top if the box. Also since i wanted the light spread to reach farther thowards the front glass, i bought an extra top box, and had a glass shop cut one of the sides so both boxes would meet looking like a longer box.




Final result!








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Old 03-23-2014, 03:19 AM   #1915
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Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I detest the noise the HOB makes, and I was going to redo my tank. Any proven ideas?

I was thinking of maybe a small tunze powerhead inside which is pointed at the opening, in order to hopefully push enough water movement across the opening to achieve adequate oxygenation despite the limited surface area there? And I was thinking of adding a little canister filter which I could stuff i the cabinet underneath to keep it muffled, but I guess I'd just want that so I'd have someplace to put a little bit of carbon.
The biggest issue, of course, is inadequate oxygenation of the water without the HOB's trickle. A powerhead MIGHT get the job done, but it'll have to be pretty small to not overwhelm the small Edge tank. I converted mine to a canister and used an airstone to aid with water aeration. Worked nicely.

Very easy to run canister hoses through the column into the Edge, but remember, these are small tanks. I positioned my spray bar to spray backwards, directly at the glass, so I didn't blast away everything in the tank with current.
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:09 PM   #1916
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*bump*

Any new setups or re-scape pics?
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:03 AM   #1917
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Here is my Edge
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:52 PM   #1918
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Thought I would add my new Edge to the growing (huge) list.

Standard equipment for now

Fluval Stratum

Plants:
Alternanthera reineckii (Scarlet Temple)
Glosso

5 cardinal tetras (for now)
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:32 AM   #1919
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I'll add mine as well. I got mine for free from a family member who no longer wanted it. I didn't like the white so I rattle canned it black with krylon. I also have a little Marineland led sitting in front of the light box. My plants seem to be doing alright.
I'm running an air stone for now but I want to modify the hob filter to hold the air stone and a heater.

Gravel/peat mix, capped with Ada aqua soil.

1 medium sized red amazon sword
Stargrass, and the tall skinny anacharis, Brazilian pennywort floating

5 white cloud minnows
2 otocinclus
Breeding pair of GBRs
Bunch of pond snails
Bunch of assassin snails







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Old 06-09-2014, 09:31 AM   #1920
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Our new-ish edge. Pardon the clouds ... Annoying waiting for them to clear up -.- you can see some of the scape through there..

5 endler x guppy hybrids
4 dwarf loaches
And many mts & pond snails that stowed away on our first batch of plants...
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