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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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New Hobbyist Soliciting Feedback

Hello all,

I'm new to the hobby and looking forward to starting my first aquarium.

My wife bought me a 6g Fluval Edge for Christmas, and after combing through some books, many threads on this site, and the internet in general, I'm feeling reasonably confident about getting my first setup off the ground.

With that in mind, I wanted to post my decisions and see if some of the kind experts around here can help steer me in better directions wherever I may have made poor preliminary choices.

Here goes:

- EcoComplete
- Tahitian Moon sand

- Willow Moss
- Dwarf Hairgrass
- Micro Swords

Had to go an "unnatural" route here, as there is 6" of snow on the ground right now, and will be for a couple of months. Plus, I don't like the idea of buying driftwood online, sight unseen as I'm pretty picky about how I want my pseudo moss tree to look
- couple of cheap resin structures; and;pgid=A.hW8DcbPbZSRpPYXtPRt_mo0000btbxnsmw?_t=pfm%3Dsearch%26SearchTerm%3Dslate+rock - this which I'll pluck the fake greens off of and tie moss to

Still a lot to decide here, but in no rush as I'd like to get the water up to par for at least a couple of weeks, but preliminary ideas are something like the following
- 6-8 neon/glowlight tetra or chili rasbora (the latter are very difficult to find)
- 3 guppies
- handful of amano/sakura shrimp
- maybe a couple of kuhli loaches

Lighting Upgrade:
- purchased an to place in the back, on center, where I'll be placing the DHG

- Do I need one? Aquarium location stays around 70 most of the year...

So some major questions I have are...

Do I need a heater?
Is my livestock plan too much?
Are my lighting capabilities sufficient for the plants I've selected?

Really appreciate any and all feedback, even if it's to tell me I'm dumb :-)

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I'm mostly a fish guy;
IMO the glowlights will get to big.
The neons or chilis will be fine.
If you get guppies get all male,or you will be overrun.
I don't like the light,but lack a better suggestion to fit you.


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You may not need a heater.

I use to not have heaters in any of my tanks. Then I started having problems with pond snails. Nerite snails have died in my tank thus surprised. Read that having constant temp helps control the snails. Thus my main tank has a heater.

Another thing I did for snail control is add penneys in the tank. Occasionally I add cucumbers.
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fyi...there is a forum devoted to Fluval Edges!
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First aquarium? That's exciting!

In my personal experience, I find that Eco-complete with root tabs does not work any better at growing plants than plain sand with root tabs. Others may have different experiences.

You probably cannot cap Eco-complete with that sand, because the sand is finer and will fall through spaces between the larger Eco-complete particles.

I think tropical fish do better with a heater and a steady temperature in the mid-70s. If you want to go unheated, there are some small fish that will work (white clouds, etc.). Fish can often do well at different temperatures beyond their ideal, but some/many will look and act best at their ideal temperatures. My native, coldwater darters can get washed out in the height of summer (even with the air conditioning on), but look great when the house's overall temperature falls in the fall and winter.

If I were you, I'd rethink buying fake wood over real driftwood. You just can't replicate the look of real driftwood, and it might start to bother you as you get sucked deeper into the hobby and obsess more over the details.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Another thing I did for snail control is add penneys in the tank.
Don't do this. Shrimp or other invertebrates will never survive in this aquarium if you do. Copper will leach from silicone for years.

Re: Driftwood, I agree with NotCousteau. I've had great luck with SubstrateSource FWIW.

Good luck!
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Oto's are the only fish I've heard of that are 100% shrimp safe.
A 6g is a good size for one Betta. This might help...
Not at all trying to chase you away...I know nothing about the light on that tank,
but I suspect lots of people on that "Edge" forum have exp. with what it will grow.
Lots of great people here and lots of good info also.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight the opposite direction...
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Thanks NotCousteau, excellent (and actionable) feedback.

Ironically, before I even read your reply, I picked up some random sticks, twigs, and red spider wood while running some errands yesterday, because I'd already started to regret the decision to go with plastic anything in the aquarium.

I ended up with some great spider wood from an LFS I didn't even know existed before yesterday, so I not only secured some excellent, natural decor, but discovered an excellent resource less than 2 miles from my house. Pure win!

Bump: Really appreciate the input and feedback. While I've done a lot of research, nothing compares to direct back-and-forth when undertaking something new like this awesome hobby.

I'm going to move any future questions I have over to the Edge thread, and begin a proper tank journal thread as I get things setup.

Take care all.
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I would nix the Loaches, you need 3-5 and that tank is too small for them to live happily... IMO
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