June 22 2010 update:
a month past, all plants are growing well. 100% stock, no co2, no liquid/dry ferts, no water change.
conclusion: edge can grow plants pretty well.
dubbed as one of the most difficult plants to grow in this hobby; mine seems to be doing very well in the edge, growing new stems both vertically and horizontally with dark red color. of course, the new leafs are green at 1st, but turns red slowly after. and lots of roots. had no trimmings yet, but the original plants got a lot thicker.
the 2nd fastest growing plants in my edge; had planted cuttings removed from original stocks, and new stems are growing fast from the point where cutting took place.
this grows like weed, had to trim it twice already so it doesn't block the entire light source; it grows at an amazing speed with lots of roots. but as it pushes new stem/leafs toward the light, the old stems to the side and bottom will get blocked from light and die.
as for the residents:
4 guppies (2 males, 2 females)
2 small angels
2 cockatoo dwarf cichlid (both males)
3 glass cats
3 small cories
1 small ruby shark
a bunch of cherry shrimps hiding under the wood.
the last fish addition was the shark, which was about 1.5 week ago.
may 24 2010
here is my edge,
i love it!! except for reaching and cleaning, which is a real pain.
it's been up and running for 1 week now; everything seems great, fishes are fine and plants are growing.
filled it with 1/4 water and sand bottoms from old tank to accelerate cycle, the rest 3/4 with tap water; and 6 guppies (all male) were put in the 2nd day and 9 tetras a couple of days after that; they are all well except 2 guppies have died from a mortal combat fight wounding both parties with broken tails/fins leaving one dead within hours and the other one the next day.
didn't want to mod the lights, so i just keep the plants in the center area; and they seem to be doing alright; i can see new leafs coming out every day. btw, when i 1st planted the tank, there were a few plants in the shadow of the wood, and quickly died due to lack of light. the wood is covered with java moss, growing poorly due to its position, but i am perfectly happy with its growth rate since i don't want it to take over the tank.
and btw, the filter is rly quiet, as long as the top is off. i have the filter on the lowest power so the current don't push my plants too far from the lights.
and there is no heater, since i figured the lights are pretty hot and generate a large amount of heat; and they are turned on about 8 hours a day.
that's about it, hope you like it.