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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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fluval edge with no filter

I am thinking of trying a fluval edge with no filter and heavily planted co2 with high light and only shrimp with a koralia for water agitation. What is everyone's thoughts?

I feel the plants and the substrate can contain the biofilter and since it's just shrimp the bio load will be pretty low.

The koralia will help with water movement and surface agitation to help with oxygenation so that i can keep my CO2 lvls high.

Has anyone done this?


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 06:15 AM
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I have a fluval edge (empty now). It doesn't have a lot of surface area so I'm not sure it that's enough for oxygen. Also, there won't be anything to pull the water towards the BB, the water will just swirl around until it gets to the substrate or plants. Plus, there won't be anything to suck up actual pieces of debris like broken off plant leaves. Those will always float and never reach the BB. Instead they will rot in the water. You would have to manually remove these. If you have never set this tank up yet, let me tell you that scooping stuff out is a pain and it's easier to have a filter do the work :P

Of course, I've never tried the set up you want so I can't really be certain. At the very least, you could cycle the filter separately in a bucket so you don't have to start over if it doesn't work out. I feel like if this worked, more people would be doing it lol

Can I ask why you want to try this? If it is for aesthetic reasons, you could always change the filter. Maybe cut the intake shorter and/or paint the intake black (if your tank is black--mine is). Or hide it behind driftwood/rocks/tall plants) That's what I did with mine. Plus, you can hide a mini heater in the filter, too. So there is less stuff in the tank.
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I had a nano canister filter installed in mine with the outflow causing some surface movement, however it was not enough to keep anything alive except a betta. I also experienced a bacteria bloom. When I changed the canister's intake to a surface skimmer, the bacteria bloom cleared up virtually instantly and I can now keep other species in the tank.

I agree with what Nalad said. You can try it but I think it will end up not being enough unless you REALLY have that powerhead directed at the opening.


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So i removed the top of the tank so now it's basically a small rimless much more surface movement now.


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