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Goodwill Fluval EDGE Startup

A couple weeks ago I scored a new-in-the-box Fluval EDGE at Goodwill for $12.99 (!) It looks like the perfect setup for my desk at work.

So. I set the Edge up on Saturday. The night before I rinsed Dark Red Florite and mixed it with a little Eco-complete black. I chose the color to reflect the brick walls here--it's a restored downtown loft.

Dragged all my tank stuff to work and have the substrate in place and water flowing. Using plain old polyester filter fiber in the filter until what remains of the florite dust is filtered out or settles.

There is some seasoned gravel from my established tank mixed in and I put a beginning dose of Seachem Excel and Seachem Fluorish in along with the water conditioner. Once it warms a bit I'll put the bacterial primer in.

The goal is to run a non-altered tank straight out of the box using crypts, java, and whatever other low light plant comes my way. My co-worker has never done a planted set up and this is sort of a demonstration in progress.

Monday-- I changed the water due to the tannins from the wood piece and put 2 crypts, some moss, and a java fern in place. Even in such a small tank I see I'll want more plants, but that's what I've got for now.

So far it's just been bust-out FUN! Pix when the dust settles....

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$13? You lucky mofo.
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Helluva deal. Do they have crystal red shrimp for 50 cents each, too?
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Well, all I know is I'm moving to "The sock drawer"!

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$13 and you only bought one????



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$13 and you only bought one????

can't imagine a goodwill would have more than one. actually i can't even imagine that they had one and at that price for that matter.
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Nice find. Pics?
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To add to the Good Fortune of this undertaking, Eden Marel on this forum was generous enough to send me a batch of RAOK plants from our ShopnSwap, and the lfs here sells partial amounts of substrate (!).

Jahmic, if I coulda bought one for everyone I know at this price I would have. It is definitely in never been kissed condition!

Pics soon!

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Pics Up Goodwill Fluval

So I've been waiting and planting and 'scaping and this is where the tank is at today. Fluorite mixed with EcoComplete from an established tank, crypts, and a java.

I just introduced 2 nerites and a betta [ he's whitish with green iridescent streaks in his tail--good camo] and thought it was time to put up some pix...

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Let me know what you think!


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Looks real sweet ! Congrats on a good job done.
Now, just get a few beautiful, compatible tank mates for "Big Daddy", and you'll have a great showpiece !
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Fuzzy 'Aqua Safe' Wood

Many thanks.

I thought I'd give it a week before increasing the wildlife. I've been having to take the wood out and scrubbing it every few days--it's growing a slimy fuzz on it. This wood is supposedly 'aquatic safe' wood from Hagen bought at the lfs. They told me it'll go away after a coulple scrubbings but not so far.

Anyone have any ideas?


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