Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South Devon, England
Fluval Edge + Sand
I've had my Edge for about a year almost, it currently has Fluval Stratum substrate and I hate it, it used to be a lovely planted tank with hair grass, Cuba and something else. 6 CRS, 5 males, 1 female. The female had babies and then died, 2 males died, and all the baby shrimplets, and over the past 4 months 2 other males died leaving me with 1 shrimp. I have also had 4 Horned Nerite Snails which have survived fine.
The tank suddenly turned into algae soup just before the shrimps starting dying, I've tried and tried to get rid of it (without medicines) to no avail.
Ive not needed to feed the shrimp for about 6 months as there is THAT much algae in there that they don't pay attention to any food I put in so I gave up offering it.
I have an ADA 60P which I'm waiting to set up for my remaining shrimp and snails (I will be getting more shrimp once its set up) but I don't want to sell my Edge as I love the design (apart from the tiny hole which makes cleaning it a chore).
I want to use sand, I love seeing the sand move and fish swim close to it and I find it easier to clean uneaten food as it doesn't fall between it like it does with gravel. I have previously used sand though in another tank 4 years ago and it didn't work too well with the plants, the roots seem to rot away and had a funny smell, but the tank had no light getting to it from an artificial light or natural light as it was a dark room. So if I tried it again would it be okay to use in the Edge with lighting, filtration and co2?