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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval - My take high tech take on the little gem.

I also posted this on the edge thread, but i thought if I filed under journal I would be more apt to provide updates. This was a tank style I have always enjoyed and I have a thing for little tanks and high tech tank stuff. I loved the look of the tank but dis-liked the lack of light coverage. So, I did what I usually do, and made a modding project out of it. Aside from the lighting and CO2 reactor, all of the other equipment was stuff I had on hand from past projects. Here some details on the tank.
Hardware
Tank: Fluval edge
Lighting:
Mod #1 -replaced stock halogens with mr11 LED units from ledwholesalers - NOTE: this mod by itself made a huge difference and would facilitate most common plants.
Mod #2 - modified a second base piece I received from Fluval and original top cover to accomodate 5 Cool White CREE XR-E Led's driven by two 350mA moonlight drivers, mounted on individual heatsinks with solderless connectors from Rapidled.com NOTE: I love this! Should be enough intensity to grow anything and I can access the tank without moving the lighting.
Substrate: Minerialized worm castings capped with older Eco-complete I had on hand
Filter - Fluval 204 with Marineland ins and outs -NOTE: these work great because they blend into the black of the column on the back pretty well
Heater - inline hydorNOTE: I will never use anything else, nothing inside the tank
CO2 - paint ball cylinder + adapter + azoo regulator, solenoid, and needle valve+ fluval bubble counter NOTE: works good so far, but I will probably change the needle valve
CO2 reactor - ISTA max mix NOTE: looks like the best $10 piece of hardware ever, but I am getting mist in the tank. Will build a DIY inline Grigg reactor when I get time


FLORA
Utricularia Graminifolia and Hemianthus Calictroides- emersed grown in this tank as a "dry start" NOTE: actually thrown in few months back and pretty much forgotten and they look it now
Dwarf Hairgrass(parvula) - purchased as an emersed grown mat
Plant nutrients - EI(KNO3&KH2PO4 pre-mixed liquid) + Flourish + Excel at double dose until tank gets establishedNote: I dose small amounts daily - it easier for me to remember the same thing every day
CO2 is cranked way up (50 ppm) until plants get established then I will back down and set light to 8 hours a day.

FAUNA
nothing yet...thinking 6 ember tetras + ottos or pygmy cories OR some cool shrimp plus ember tetras or CPD's or other upper level swimmer. IDEAS????

**UPDATE 11-29**
a few months back I through the rocks in and some HC and UG under just the mr 11 leds as a dry-start. Stuff grew great and I kind of neglected it for 8 weeks only misting a few times. By the time I wanted to finish it had some BGA, and green algae going on. On 11-22 the HC was replanted, Hairgrass added and tank flooded. Immediately some UG and HC melted but seem to be recovering. The tank is now 7 days in from being flooded, I am just starting to see a little diatom and the green algae that grew in emersed phase is starting to grow a little. But, I like the look of the green algae on the rocks. Maybe I will dial back the lights a little.

Let me know your thoughts and any ideas on what fauna to add would be much appreciate.

DAY 7 -pics from my crappy P&S camera:



Pic with flash on to see overall:

Pics of the light/hood mod:



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That looks really nice... may I ask where you got the second base from ? I cant find a link to buy it.
I have been trying to do a similar mod on my edge.. but the lack of a second base has prevented me from doing it.
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I got one as a warranty replacement. I would ask an LFS to order you one(what I did).

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Looks awesome!

Have you had any issues with the Ista max mix? I was very happy with mine, until I opened it up to clean it over the weekend.. Now it leaks out the bottom where it opens, and I have a feeling that finding a new gasket is going to be a nightmare...


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This looks awesome. I love your led mod and how you used the canister filter. Look forward to watching this develop.

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Looks awesome!

Have you had any issues with the Ista max mix? I was very happy with mine, until I opened it up to clean it over the weekend.. Now it leaks out the bottom where it opens, and I have a feeling that finding a new gasket is going to be a nightmare...
Thanks! No leaking issues with Max Mix. I think my Fluval 204 with all the fittings, inline heater, and the max mix itself my flow is dropping below the minimum recommended flow. I am getting a little mist from the output tube.
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**updated - 12-6-11 - day 15##

Here is a quick update on my tank. It looks like everything is making the transition from emersed to submerged well, had a little more emersed growth melting this week, but that is to be expected.
Here are my notes:

- the HC is growing vertical and the leaves are very small - could it be I do not have enough light?
- the Hairgrass is purchased as parvula is acting much more like Acicularis. It has some 7" leaves and I have never had hairgrass grow this fast. Does anyone know how to tell the difference?
- I still need to do something about the mist bubbles, maybe this week.

Next week, I will try to include some more hardware shots, and maybe add some fish.


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