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.
Tank: Fluval edge
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
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.
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????
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: