Fluval Edge Nano

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    Started this guy in October for The Planted Tank comp, my first FW tank in about 2 years
    So it starts! Not going to give away too much ;D
    Lighting has been upgraded from the standard halogens. Hardscape is not 100% yet

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    And no, thats not how bright the lighting really is :D Just messing with exposure time and flash
     
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    The stock halogens are somewhat of a joke, hey?
     
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    Nice - Ive liked these tanks for a while now... so i'll be watching this thread with a marked degree of interest... good luck !
     
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    After having open top tanks with sumps as filtration, I decided on an all in one nano. The Fluval edge caught my eye since release as it gives the illusion of a rimless open top tank with floating lights
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    The tank was then filled with SeaChem Flourite Dark Onyx Sand and two rocks as hardscape which were purchased from Animal Kingdom. The tank was then filled and cycling started.
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    I found that the stock lighting was woeful and upgraded the 10W Halogen MR11 downlighters with 3W LED MR16 downlighters. (From here: http://www.weslite.co.za/products.asp?cat=58)

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    Planting then started. My idea was to have an Iwagumi style tank using glosso and Hemianthus Microimedes . After a couple of weeks it was clear that with Excel and my current lighting setup, that this scaping would not work as the glosso started growing vertically.
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    Lighting was upgraded with the addition of a desk lamp. In the end I decided on a 50W Halogen MR16 unit. After testing I found that the lighting was very yellow and that for the amount of watts, the lighting output was not great. This was then upgraded to LED’s yet again using a 9W unit (http://www.weslite.co.za/products.asp?cat=57&page=3) . I went for this light as it has a wide spread together with an incredible intensity.
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    For fertilization I followed EI using this calculation and schedule with a 500ml solution for NPK and traces, http://blog.fluidsensoronline.com/calcu ... tive-index . With this I used SeaChem Excel as a carbon source, dosing 1ml daily and 4ml after a water change. Once Sean landed the ADA shipment, the Flourite was ditched in favour of ADA Aquasoil which has now been in the tank for just over a week
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    Thats as of beginning December. The tank has had quite a bit of growth since then and other plants added
     
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    Wish they would friggin release the new LED light bar already. As you can see, I've made some adjustments ;D
     
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    those lights are a joke...There is a edge at Panorama petshop. didn't you find it hard to plant in?
     
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    Dude, where is an updated pic? We needs them, precioussssssssss....
     
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    You get used to it. What's more annoying is the flow from the HOB even on its lowest output setting, keeps blowing plants all over the place
     
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    Will do so tonight. For some reason most of the glosso is dying whilst the Mayaca is going nuts. Also got a small 4 leafed ground cover plant, which could be HC?
     
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    be thankfull it doesn't blow your sand away. happend to me...my guano soil was covered by the sand...after that my tank felt a bit green, pour tank... :p
     
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    Updated pic
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    Can anyone ID this? HC? (Small plant bottom centre)
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    looks like HC to me :)
     
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    Awesome. Never thought i'd be able to actually grow it, albeit on the slow side
     
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    Nice dude!
     
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    Yup, definitely HC!! Nice! It be growing!

    Dude, the tank is looking good! Some nice growth going there. That Myaca seems to be growing well!
     
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    Scape looks a bit crap at the moment after some pruning. I need to get a decent foreground going

    Any ideas for a background plant? Something to go between the Rotala and the Mayaca and that could take the flow of the HOB
     
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    why not try making a diffuser? so that the flow is closer to the water surface than all the way down? you could probably make a simple lip?
     
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    That's a good idea Richard! Maybe just try some 25mm PVC piping to do it? I have some lying around at home if you need...

    Or, that hairgrass. Move that to the back. It will grow long. It could definitely diffuse the flow a bit.
     
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    Space can like to be a problem :mad:

    There is one available edge, which the HOB uses fully. Might just take you up on that spare PVC since I turfed absolutely everything when I sold up. You away this weekend right?
     

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