So after waiting (not so) patiently for 3+ months after first seeing the Fluval Edge 6G, I was pleased to open one on Christmas morning, courtesy of my lovely (and extremely patient) wife.
I've never owned an aquarium before this, but as the father of an 18-month-old toddler and with a new arrival expected in March, my social life has been pretty much vaporized and I'm essentially homebound for the next handful of years; the aquarium lifestyle seems a perfect and highly enjoyable fit. For the record, I'm extremely happy to be homebound, not complaining at all!
Anywho, after reading more forums, blogs, web pages, and assorted books than I can count, I finally ordered the various components for my first foray into aquarium-keeping. Having studied so much, and being a true jackass at heart, I formulated some pretty ambitious ideas for the nano tank, and Friday evening, I was finally able to put it all together to see just how in over my head I am with this endeavor.
Enough carrying on, here are a series of pics from Friday night (Day 1), various times Saturday (Day 2), and a couple taken this evening (Day 3).
Stuff that's in my tank right now:
EcoComplete substrate, topped with Tahitian Moon sand
Dwarf Hairgrass (major issues w/ placement at the moment)
Red Leaf Ludwigia
Willow Moss (major issues w/ this as well right now)
You may be able to see as the pictures progress, I think I had a bacterial bloom for a while yesterday, and freaked the eff out, before researching a bit and seeing that the water was a good deal clearer today.
There are no fish or inverts in there right now, and won't be for several weeks.
I've ordered some light upgrades and a CO2 system, both should arrive Tuesday and I can't wait to get 'em setup, because I'm worried about the Moss and DHG.
Today was the first day I was able to get out and pickup a test kit, early results are positive (I think):
pH = 7.4
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 0 ppm
Ammonia = .25 ppm
I'd like to get that pH a lot closer to neutral as my livestock plans include Galaxy Rasbora/CPD. Obviously like to see that Ammonia go down as well, but as I understand it, there may be a decent spike in the Ammonia as I cycle the tank at first.
I'd also like to run a hardness/softness test this week, so I can know more about the specific attributes of the water around here. The water itself came directly from the tap, as we have really clean, (relatively) pure water in Colorado, so I took a gamble there; we'll see if it pays off.
That's all I got for now (which is quite a bit). Thanks for any and all feedback and/or insight you experienced aquarium pros might have.