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the evolvement of my 6g fluval edge


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my fluval edge journal

i bought a used fluval edge that had a cracked top, it sat in storage for close to a year before i had a hurst of boredom/inspiration and decided to scape it at 2am one night when i couldn’t sleep. i could only use the hardscape materials and plants i already had on hand.

i snapped these photos an hour or so after setting it up:

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the next morning:

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i had it sitting on my nightstand for 5ish months before i got bored and decided to redo it. i wanted something super low maintenance and this tank was just more work than i wanted to deal with in terms of keeping it looking pristine.

 i ordered 3 pieces of malasyian driftwood (at random) online and the 3 pieces that came in fit perfectly in the tank so naturally, i did another late night scape

test fitting the wood:

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scape and first full up:

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after a few days:

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i added some emersed plants, i bought it as creeping jenny but it looks more like pennywort now that its grown in. you can see the little amount i started with next to the wood piece on the left:

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a couple weeks later and the pennywort is starting to flourish:

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another couple weeks later, the riccia has attached itself to the wood and is growing like a moss now:

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the fish are growing, i put them in as tiny juvies initially:

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a month later and the pennywort has taken off.  i am doing bare minimum ferts (easy green once every couple weeks):

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taken a couple days later:

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the original shrimp from the first scape are still in here:

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and finally, the current state of the tank:

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its very overgrown and looks more like a pond but i personally love it. it feels like a little slice of nature right on my nightstand and it is so low maintenance i barely do anything.

if you’re interested in the specs it is:

•fluval edge 6g without the top

•no heater

• nano sponge filter for water movement

• ferts every few weeks when i remember

• water change every 1-2 months and top offs with either distilled or water from my goldfish tank weekly/bi-weekly depending on need

• stocking: galaxy ricefish, pumpkin shrimp, cpo, lots of snails

•fluval stratum mixed with fluorite as the substrate

 

id love to hear your thoughts and suggestions !

 

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@yannachka, that is an absolutely amazing tank. I love it!

Your Fluval Plant Nano power cord will actually fit through the mount, which looks very clean. You can even fit airline tubing at the same time, if necessary.

I keep scrolling back to look at the photos.

Much respect!

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18 minutes ago, Streetwise said:

@yannachka, that is an absolutely amazing tank. I love it!

Your Fluval Plant Nano power cord will actually fit through the mount, which looks very clean. You can even fit airline tubing at the same time, if necessary.

I keep scrolling back to look at the photos.

Much respect!

thank you! i do have the light cord wrapped and taped (electrical tape) to the handle, the cord goes behind the aloe planter so it is hidden

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the sponge filter and air pump are hidden behind the driftwood on the right side of the tank so neither are visible either. i do need to tuck the airline hose in so it isnt sticking out though so good call. 

 

i appreciate the compliment, thank you!

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1 hour ago, k8nabel said:

This is so so cool! How did you get the top that was cracked off? I have a 12g edge that has a cracked top and I'm inspired by your project to try something similar! 

i used my heart gun to loosen the silicone (you can use a hair dryer) and a new razor blade to cut through it. just take your time and it should be relatively easy

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