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Fluval Edge Aquarium with LED Light
- 6 sided, 6 gallon sealed glass aquarium
- Powerful, easy to use Edge filter with Cycleguard
- Includes Nutrafin Cycle and Nutrafin Aquaplus water treatments
- LED Lighting, Filtration & Wiring is easily hidden away in the décorative column
- Powerful bright white 7600K high liuminosity LED's with 3 deep blue night-time light LED's and 3 position switch
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Edgy is precisely the word to describe Fluval EDGE. It's so out there on so many fronts; it's cool, trendy, breathtaking, contemporary and stylish. Its striking 3D cube design is refreshingly new and revolutionary. EDGE is an eye-catching showpiece that stands out anywhere you put it. It includes LED lighting, so it makes a spectacular substitute for tabletop lamps. EDGE consists of two main components working in perfect harmony: a clear glass aquarium nestled inside an elegant pedestal. The pedestal appears to be clasping the tank, making the aquarium appear like it is suspended in mid-air. The column houses the filter and the electrical wiring is neatly concealed inside the column. EDGE has a clear glass top that allows a clear and virtually unobstructed aerial view of the interior. The cover is completely sealed, which allows you to fill the aquarium right up to the brim, creating a spectacular effect. Water evaporation is minimal. The unobtrusive pedestal structure and the clear top allow a great all-around view. Instead of a traditional canopy, there is a small cover at the top that houses the lighting. EDGE comes in two sizes 6 and 12 gallons. Both models are ideal for countertops, desks and tabletops. The 6 gallon model includes 21 LED bulbs—18 white and 3 blue bulbs. You can turn on all the lights for full illumination or turn on only the blue bulbs to create a night-time moonlight effect. The LEDs create clear and natural-looking lighting that makes fish and plant colors look strikingly vibrant. EDGE comes with a Fluval Power Filter, which is hidden from view inside the pedestal column. The power filter keeps the aquarium water clean. A quiet pump inside the filter circulates the water. As the water flows through the filter, it flows through mechanical, chemical and biological filtering media, which skims and washes the water clean so that fish and plants can enjoy a clear and healthy environment. All required media is included.
Inspired by architectural styling, the EDGE aquarium creates a unique visual effect capturing emotion and serenity within a contemporary setting. The Fluval EDGE design includes a unique equipment casing which hides and holds all the essentials. Even wiring is beautifully hidden, allowing a good all-around view whether placed on a desk, low coffee table or kitchen top. EDGE brings an exciting new look to aquatics, combining the most modern aquarium design with the beauty of nature. The result is an utterly stylish complement to any home or office space.
Variety of Features
Two Sizes Available
The Fluval EDGE is available in two sizes: a 6 gallon aquarium and a 12 gallon aquarium. Both models have been designed to capture emotion and serenity.
360 Degree Viewing
The world's first 3D water cube aquarium, both models of the Fluval EDGE can be filled to the very brim thanks to the sealed glass top, providing high definition viewing from every angle. The sealed top reduces evaporation for less maintenance and a large, hidden aperture allows oxygen exchange to keep fish healthy. A floating base design gives the set a very small footprint for easy placement and lends the aquarium a clean, contemporary look.
The EDGE is extremely versatile due to its compact proportions. It makes a beautiful addition to any interior where space may be limited and in low light areas, it brings light and life to dull corners and uninteresting walls.
Hidden High Quality Filtration
Fluval EDGE comes complete with a powerful and efficient 3 stage filter which remains completely hidden, preserving the striking aquarium design. Featuring mechanical, chemical and biological filtration for clear, healthy water, the EDGE filter is much like Hagen's AquaClear clip on filter range, which has a long history of proven performance.
An Aquarium to Complement Your Lifestyle
Designed to complement modern decor, the EDGE is available in three stylish colors: black, white and silver. The 6 gallon aquarium is offered in all three colors, and the 12 gallon is offered in black and white. The striking design and contemporary wrap around stand will create a talking point in your home for years to come.
Easy Assembly and Maintenance
Fluval EDGE takes only seconds to assemble and the perforated, removable cover effectively dissipates lamp heat, avoids moisture, and allows easy access to the filter's lift out media trays. Wide ranges of EDGE cleaning accessories are also available to make cleaning simple.
A powerful, retractable LED lighting system creates a visually stunning display. The Edge is equipped with both white and blue LED bulbs, giving you the ability to provide full illumination or a night-time moonlight effect. The 6 gallon aquarium comes with a 21-bulb lighting system and the 12 gallon comes with 42 bulbs. Both models have a three position on/off switch for the ability to display Bright Daytime, Deep Blue Nighttime and Off.
The Fluval EDGE aquarium has been designed for today's lifestyle with a contoured casing module and a 6-sided glass tank. Whether in an ultra-modern or more traditional setting, this versatile aquarium adds the 'designer' look to almost any room in the home. The gentle flow of water and glow of the LED lighting produce a beautiful shimmering effect reminiscent to sunlight on open water.
Easy to Operate and Quiet
EDGE is quiet, powerful and easy to use aquarium that turns fish-keeping into an extraordinary visual experience.
Display Anywhere in Your Home
The Fluval EDGE has been designed to be filled to the top. The action of the filter provides all the oxygen exchange fish need. This means that the aquarium can be positioned at a lower level and viewed clearly from above through the glass top, unhindered by equipment or trailing wires.
Size: 14.3 inches deep, 17 inches wide, 13.7 inches high | Color: Black | Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
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The first thing that anyone buying this tank must understand is that they are trading usability and functionality for aesthetics. I found myself challenged to make up for the inconvenience of having a small 5"x7" opening where all interaction with the outside world must "fit in". These are the areas that I found the most challenging and dysfunctional about this tank:
The form is such that the tank is exactly the same length and width as the smaller 23lt/6gl Fluval Edge only that it is twice it's height. Still this version of the Fluval Edge uses the same HOB Filter as it's smaller counterpart. If the effectiveness of the filter in the 6gl version was good, now it is half as good. I was able to corroborate this fact when I started to develop algae problems in my tank. When I invited a marine biologist/experienced aquarist friend to see my aquarium, the first observation he made was how stagnant and poorly oxygenated the water was towards the bottom half of the tank. As we all know, this lack of aeration and movement is a major cause of poor water quality and algae development. The solutions I found were to replace the HOB filter with an external unit and to add a micro pump like the Koralia 240 Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Aquarium Circulation Pump, 240 gph which worked well. I also tried a Jardin filter sponge with good results Jardin Fish Aquarium Mini Cylinder Soft Sponge Water Filter, Black. Perhaps if the tank would have been longer or wider as opposed to only taller, the opening could have been larger enabling the option of a larger, more powerful HOB filter.
Even with the LED improvement, the lighting unit that comes with the tank is only good enough for non-planted tanks or low-light plants such as anubias or ferns. Any other plants requiring medium or high lighting would likely suffer. Problems associated with the low lighting are exacerbated by the poor placement of the lighting unit which is confined to the 5"x7" opening towards the middle back of the tank. Any plants in the aquarium would fare better only if placed directly below this 5"x 7" area. Another limiting factor is that the lighting unit needs to be turned off and raised up in order to access the tank for maintenance. Unless the tank is located next to a bright window and doing maintenance in the middle of the day, you will find yourself performing maintenance in the dark. The addition of an external lighting unit is almost a necessity, even more so in a planted tank. I found a unit called the Padlite by Truelumen TrueLumen Padlite TrueLumen Aquatic LED Strips which worked quite well but it was not cheap. Another option is to upgrade the unit all together for an 18W ultrabrite 18 Watt Ultrabrite Planted system for fluval edge. Again not cheap!
A major hassle in all respects. For a planted aquarium, trimming plants is almost a nightmare. You are limited by the angles and require curved scissors. Also all the cuttings accumulate on the top glass and it is quite difficult to clean them up completely. I found that using a sponge soaked in aquarium water helped. A floater magnet cleaner Mag Float Floating Magnet Aquarium Cleaner is a good idea in order to eliminate bubbles and move the accumulated debris/cuttings off the top glass. However I do not recommend this product to clean the glass as the inside magnet/bristles are very rough and will invite any particles floating in the water that will scratch your glass. The best way to clean the glass and eliminate the possibility of getting any scratches is to use a soft foam like the ones that come with the filter AquaClear 30 Filter Insert Foam (3 pack). This foam does a terrific job cleaning the inside glass and it is very soft. To clean the outside glass and the light fixture I just use an e-cloth soaked in distilled water e-cloth Glass and Polishing Cloth, Colors May Vary. You should not try to use windex or any other cleaning agent as you risk getting it mixed-in with the tank water. Catching fish is quite challenging. I have large rocks so imagine trying to catch a pygmy cory through the 5"x7" opening with a fluval edge net?! I resolved, basically, that any fish or invertebrates that go inside the tank stay in the tank forever (unless they are slow bettas).
That said, I agree with almost all reviewers here that the tank looks amazing and the fact that all electrical cords and tubing can be hidden inside the back column is a blessing. At least we get a little something in exchange for all the pain.
I bought this tank for my son over a year ago. We've had a couple different tanks (Eclipse all-in-one, standard glass aquarium) with mixed results. This tank however, is absolutely amazing. We love the look and it keeps our fish healthy with the correct regiment.
1. First you have to establish the nitrogen in your tank. I've found this is the hardest part. Basically, your ammonia spikes up, then your nitrite, then your nitrate and once all those chemicals are working together they drop to almost zero. It's best to do this without fish, so if you already own fish, keep them in your current tank, while you set up your new tank. If you absolutely have to establish your nitrogen with your fish, expect some will probably die unless they are extremely hearty. For more information on the nitrogen cycle, just search for "nitrogen cycle aquarium" online and you'll find lots of information, there are lots of images and websites on it. I've included and image that I found useful.
2. We use this test kit to makes sure the freshwater pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are healthy. Here - http://amzn.com/B000255NCI
- The levels you want are:
- PH around 7. Our fish like 7.4-7.6
- Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite extremely low. Your goal is 0, below 5 is acceptable on all of these.
2. Keep the tank heated. About 76 degrees. We use this one - http://amzn.com/B00Y2ODQ4M
3. Use an air bubbler. Anything will do, there are fun ones for the kids like treasure chests, etc. We use this - http://amzn.com/B00ZZ3R596
4. Inhabit your tank with live plants! This is huge to help purify the water and aid in the nitrogen cycle.
5. Use 1/2" to 1" of gravel in the bottom of the tank. This helps seat your plants. We use this - http://amzn.com/B001OTSPDA
6- For looks, we use 2 pieces of aquarium wood (water is reddish for first few weeks while tannins weeps out, this is completely safe for fish) and a volcanic rock (pumice). The fish love to swim around and hide in there too.
FEEDING AND POPULATION
Okay, now your new tank is set up. You can add your fish and start feeding them.
1. No more than 1 inch of fish per gallon. We have a 12 gallon Edge, with 6 2" fish (2 are bottom feeders). You add more and the tank can't handle it.
2. Feed them very little. The more food in the tank, the more likely the ammonia will kill them. We feed them MON,WED,FRI only. About 10-12 of very tiny fish pellets. It's barely a pinch. We use New Life Spectrum Small Fish Formula. Here - http://amzn.com/B00176CSYW
3- We stopped using the bottom feeder pellets. They created too much waste and ammonia in the tank. Our catfish gobble up the leftovers from the regular food, which is plenty.
Sunday is the only day that we that takes time to care for the tank. It usually only takes 10-15 minutes mex. Here's what we do EVERY SUNDAY.
1- Clean the tank first. Any gunk this might produce will be removed in the next step. We remove the slime from the walls with the wall cleaner that comes with the tank and one of these - http://amzn.com/B00KZJYJVW
2- Remove 25% of your tank water using a siphon. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. You have to clean all the junk out of your gravel or the water becomes very toxic very quickly. You just push the siphon into the rocks and you'll be amazed what get sucked out. We use this - http://amzn.com/B001V6Y3LY
3- Use the same bucket every week for removing the water and treating the new water that is only for fish. If you use the bucket you use to wash your car, those detergents will kill your fish. So we have a "fish only" bucket.
4- Once the water has been removed from the tank, clean your filter sponge and biomax in the bucket of old water. This keeps the good bacteria in the filter. Don't clean it in the sink with untreated water, that's bad. We use one sponge and two biomax bags, carbon is pretty useless as it only lasts for a week or two. Here - http://amzn.com/B002LL8LPM
5- Dump the water out and refill your bucket with room temperature water. We add only 3 chemicals. We've tried EVERYTHING and this is the magic combo we've found.
--- 5 ml of each of these (about 1/2 capful) ---
A) NovAqua Plus, this coats the fish with a healthy slime. Here - http://amzn.com/B006OOO39K
B) SafeStart Plus, this puts healthy bacteria in the tank. Here - http://amzn.com/B002DZNP3E
C) Sachem Prime, this removes all the harsh chemicals from your tap water. Here - http://amzn.com/B00025694O
6- Put the water back in and and test the Ph. If t's either high or low, you can buy chemicals that alter it, but we've found t's a very slippery slope. We tend to just let the tank take care of itself and only nudge the PH when absolutely necessary. We use Seachem for PH buffers is absolutely necessary.
7- Now watch your beautiful happy fish chillin' on a Sunday afternoon.
This ritual has been great bonding for my son and I and though it looks like a lot of work, once you have everything setup and going, all you're really doing is feeding the fish 3 times a week and cleaning the tank for 10 minutes on Sunday.
I hope this was helpful! I'm sure a lot of people will say that my approach is wrong, but this is what works for us, and has been working for the last year.
Here's a pic our our tank, the only fish visible is "Thorin Oakenshield" our Dwarf Blue Gourami and a nitrogen cycle chart.