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Smile New Fluval Edge 12 Gal - updated 30/08/2015

Hi everyone,

After a two years hiatus from fishkeeping, I decided to start getting back into it again. My previous tank was an ADA Mini-M iwagumi:



I picked up a 12 gallon Fluval Edge on impulse while browsing a LFS. The plan was to go low-tech and low-maintenance. Since I'm going with the stock LED light, this will be a low-light tank. However, I'll be using an Eheim 2211 canister filter that I had instead of the included Aquaclear HOB. The 2211 will be connected using some Cal Aqua Lab lily pipes and heated with a Hydor in-line heater.

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The hardscape consists of one large Manzanita driftwood and ADA Seiryu stones.





Since this will be low-light, I decided to go with trident java fern as the main plant.



The tank will be fertilized every 2-3 days with Pfertz fertilizers that I had from before along with Flourish Excel.



The tank after planting and water added:





Pipes and filter:



After cycling, the first fishes added (also currently the only fishes) is a school of Corydoras habrosus



This is where the tank is at right now. The scape should look better when the java fern greens up and fills in more. I plan to add a few more stones to the front area and some more Mini Christmas moss.

The next livestock to go in will be a shoal of CPDs (my favorite fishes to keep) and a bunch of crystal shrimps.

I'll continue to update this thread with the progress.

Thanks for reading. All comments are appreciated!

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I've added Purigen to the filter to help clear up the yellow water caused by the Malaya substrate. The tank is pretty much crystal clear now.





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Looks good, I used have a12g edge for a little over a year and now it's just sitting in the garage...I attempted to do a low tech recently but that went to waste...I just hated the small opening on mine...took the top off, but still, the tall and narrow tank makes it so hard to scape it or stock it properly...
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looks great! the scape is really cool and the dw works perfectly in the tall tank

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I just hated the small opening on mine...took the top off, but still, the tall and narrow tank makes it so hard to scape it or stock it properly...
Yep, that little opening is a pain. Although, the good thing about it is it pretty much eliminates livestock deaths by jumping. I've lost so many jumpers in my last tanks because they were topless and rimless.

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looks great! the scape is really cool and the dw works perfectly in the tall tank
Thank you! I'm just glad the driftwood fits into the opening.


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Lol tell me about it, Last night I had a green tetra jump out of the tank right when the light turned off.i saw him on the floor and quickly threw him back in, only to find a dead one on the floor next morning...I bet it was the same adventurous fellow haha
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Added a couple of new inhabitants to the cleanup crew...

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For some reason the amanos are blue-ish. None of mine in the past have looked like this.


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The driftwood is now fuzz-free thanks to the amanos and otos




Amano with food (Mosura Excel)



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very cool shots

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Added a few black crystals to test the water conditions. It's been two days and they're doing well so far.



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Looks great,i really enjoy seeing the progression of tanks
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Video of the tank progress so far...

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Nince minimalistic hardscape. The pictures with the DSLR show the texture so much better. I like how the round rocks complement the roughness of the manzanita. The java fern should fill the back nicely.Do you plan on adding a carpet plant ?

I hear the Amanos will change their colour depending on diet, so maybe they were fed something with a blue pigment.
I see a window on the right side.Do you keep the blinds open ? How much sunlight does it receive ?
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