Got a Fluval Edge

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    Got an Edge tank for xmas from my wife!
    I had been eyeing them for months to replace the little Eclipse at my office that I kept a betta in. Had him for a year or so and when he got sick and died a few months ago I just left the tank running but didn't do anything with it. Kept looking at the Edge but never wanted to spend the money on it, especially since I was spending money on my new reef tank.

    So I think I'll do a fresh water planted tank. But it did cross my mind to do a nano reef tank with some zoas and a couple nano fish. My worry is that the tank is at my office, making maintenance more difficult than if it was home.

    What do you think? I'm just un-boxing it this morning. :bounce:
     
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    You can always send it to me :)
     
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    What a cool present!

    I have a little 14 gallon Biocube that I keep my anemone and a couple sps corals I can't keep with my ponies. I like it a lot and I'm going to get a few more sps and maybe a clam for that tank. You could do dwarf ponies in a nano with a lot of success and for an office tank that would be a high interest item. You would need a good supply of live brine shrimp though. I looked at a few videos on youtube and it seems like the really cool part of having the edge is the top-down viewpoint. The freshwater planted tanks just don't look that cool from the top-down. As a photographer, I don't see any real benefit to looking at the tops of plants. Now, top down with corals would be extremely interesting. If this were my tank, I would do a lps reef with some really interesting softies like this:

    http://coralmorphologic.com/xcart/image.php?type=T&id=3587

    You could put in some really interesting CUC or a cool shrimp or two. I've got 2 cleaners in my nano (waiting to move back into my 26 gallon when I get it set up again) and they are awesome together! Maybe a little urchin or a star fish. If you put fish in there then maintenance and feeding becomes an issue. I would look for beautiful softies, interesting inverts and CUC's, and unusual rocks to make this a high-interest, low maintenance tank. My opinion, but you always come up with great ideas so I can't wait to see what you decide!

    It's a really cool design tank and I would play up that by adding stuff that would be interesting from the top as well as the sides.

    YEAH another D2mini build thread! :bounce:

    C
     
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    Good points catherine.
    But what about the lighting? It comes with two little halogen bulbs.
    I would assume that's not much light, right?
     
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    Can you mod the lighting? LPS don't need a lot of light but probably more than 2 little halogen bulbs.

    C
     
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    I did some quick googling and found a quick mention of LED lighting which would be a great idea. It would fit in the hollow cap that covers the filter mechanism and opening to the tank. Should be cooler too. Those halogen bulbs get pretty darn hot. I would just need to find something cheap. I started a thread on RC too, to see if I can get any other ideas to make it work.
     
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    I'm sure you'll get a bunch more excellent suggestions. It will be fun, as always, to watch your little tank progress!

    Catherine
     
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    Congrats Dennis!

    I looked at one of those when they first cane out. Very cool design. May big concerns were the lighting and filtration. Which color did you get?
     
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    The lights here look quite interesting. They are found on the link James posted.nanocustoms
    If they truly work I might just have to get one.
     
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    A tank full of Zoos would look great with those lights.
     
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    What i need is a small bank of LEDs that fit in a space of 4"x7"x2.5"h
     
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    Those are cool little tanks.Congratulations Dennis:D
     
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    Hmmm... for the price those might be worth a shot.
    I wonder what the PAR is like compared to the two halogen lights?
     
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    A brackish aquarium would be pretty cool.[​IMG]
    Especially if there's driftwood and stuff. i think i might try that after my current project is finished
     
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    Ya, that was my initial thought.
    I was walking around the lfs yesterday who has a pretty large freshwater section and nothing as far as fish grabs me. So that's why I was thinking maybe trying saltwater.
    So i dunno... :dunno:
     
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    Freshwater stuff looks so boring! I don't know why. I've seen some seriously artistic freshwater set-ups and they just can't inspire the beauty like a marine aquarium. Good luck!

    C
     
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    yea the fish are super boring. if its a fresh/brackish, the deco has to make up for it.
     
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