Originally Posted by bubbles1
Alright well the live bearers don't really phase me though :p so I gueess maybe some lemon tetra or pencil fish or dwarf rainbow to substitute :) as long as I can keep my clean up crew!
And I'm glad I can talk to someone else with a fluval! Did you keep your lighting that you purchased with your fluval edge 2? Cause if you did that made my day! Cause now I know I can put some nice plants in! Currently my tank is cycling with some duckweed and a anarchis.. What substrate do I have to get though? Like is just normal sand okay?
This is a video of my tank from top view I recorded via iphone.
and yes I kept the LED light system that come with the tank. The problem with the old fluval edge light is that they were hanging by a threat.. This one did a great job by adding a cover over the LED lights so they wont fall this time.
and I did a bit of research over the 7600K LED light. They said that it is actually brighter than we human can perceive so when you look at them with your eyes you might think that the light is a bit weak. If you are still worried about the light then just keep anubias and java fern like me as they won't require much light but will still do well at higher light intensity. I kept Java moss as first but they grew too messy at the top.. whenever I feed my fishes, the food would get stuck into the floating plant. Also, don't use plants that can grow too quick, the problem with Fluval Edge is most people like to fill the water to the neck (like me, that's the whole point of buying this tank!!). Which means anytime you want to do anything to the tank, be it introducing new fishes, put in new plants, or plants care, you'll have to drain the water down a bit to prevent overflow, which is quite annoying.
You can keep an Amazon sword plant in the middle as a center piece too. that'll be great. I personally like to keep the top half of my tank empty for the fish to swim freely and make feeding less messy. Also that will keep the fry population in check.
One biggest note as to my experience with heavy root feeder plants like sword plant, you will need to put flourish tab right next to the root of the plant to ensure nutrient.
Otherwise just use my strategy, anubias and java fern, they looks great, when I first bought them I had 2 java fern, and 1 small anubias with 2-3 leaves on them. As you can see in the video, the 2 java fern has "jumped" and now I got 4 little fern, also my small anubias becomes considerably bigger. I just bought a new broad leaf anubias too.