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    6 Gallon Planted Fluval Edge Shrimp Tank - Build Thread

    Hello fellow fish keepers. I have been totally addicted to reef tanks for the past 20 years but strictly been a saltwater guy. I have wanted to set up a fresh water tank for a while now but never followed through until now. Last weekend I purchased a 6 gallon Fluval Edge. Pet Smart had them on sale and I had a coupon so why not?
    I do not have water in the tank but do want to outline my purchases to day and my ultimate plan for the tank. I added an 8.8 LB bag of Fluval Stratum Substrate for Shrimp Aquariums, some small lace rock from Fish Gallery, a small CO2 diffuser that I purchased on eBay several years ago, and a small digital timer for the lights. The only modification that I have done to the tank is swapping out the lights for some LEDS. I purchased two "Brightest MR11 12V 10 SMD LED Bulb Wide Angle" from Amazon for $7 each off of the recommendations of some other forums.

    Here are some pictures:

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    Current tank setup

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    I have the following plants on order from P_volitan on Aquabid.
    Trithuria Blood Vomit

    Lilaeopsis mauritiana

    Hemianthus callitrich​oides, Dwarf Baby Tears

    Pogostemon helferi, Downoi
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    Looks like a really nice start! Jumping right in there with some interesting plants. What are you planning to use for CO2? Looking forward to seeing this tank get going!
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    Looks good! I'm planning on doing something similar as soon as my dry bar is finished We have similar or matching granite, paint, cabinets and tile lol.

    Keep us updated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Complexity View Post
    What are you planning to use for CO2? Looking forward to seeing this tank get going!
    I have a really nice regulator, aluminum tank and electronic solenoid from a calcium reactor that I was no longer using. I just need to figure out how to route the tubing from under the counter to the tank. I want this to be a very clean insitilation without any of the equipment exposed.

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    I imagine you've seen this, but check here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...ge-thread.html

    74 pages of Edgy goodness. There are a few "diy" posts of people mutilating their Edge's for the greater good, including the inclusion (l2english), of canister filters and C02.

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    Thanks Crude, that thread is why I have an Edge =)

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    So you are upgrading from the halogen Lights to LED. Are the 6gs available with LEDs yet? Are the replacements equivalent or even better than the stock LEDs? I know they're an improvement over the halogens.

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    Correct, I replaced the halogen Lights with $6 LED from Amazon.com. I know that Fish Gallery has the new 6 gallon and 12 gallon Edges with LEDs but they are not $99. I am not sure about how the stock LEDs compare to the LEDs from Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotfrogs View Post
    I have a really nice regulator, aluminum tank and electronic solenoid from a calcium reactor that I was no longer using. I just need to figure out how to route the tubing from under the counter to the tank. I want this to be a very clean insitilation without any of the equipment exposed.
    So you're adding injected CO2; very nice! As long as the lights you're putting in are strong enough, the plants are going to do great in the setup.

    How are you going to manage the CO2 level? While a pH controller would be overkill for such a small tank, your setup is so slick, it would be the next logical progression. But at least be sure to get a nano drop checker. You can put it in a place where you can see it, but it's hidden from normal view.

    What about fertilizers? I recommend using dry ferts, but in a tank so small, you can get away with some of the liquid alternatives out there. But with the setup you're creating, I think dry ferts would be best.

    Be sure to take pics as the tank grows. It's going to be fun to watch this tank come to life!
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