Fluval Edge aquarium offers style in a box

by Owen James

The Fluval Edge is clearly meant as a designer aquarium

The Fluval Edge is clearly meant as a designer aquarium

Hagen’s new Fluval Edge aquarium is due to go on sale next week. It’s a striking design, but I’ve got a few queries about how this fish tank will perform in every day use.

The new six-gallon rimless aquarium is a nearly-sealed tank. The filter and lighting equipment are housed in special boxes above and to the back of the aquarium, and the top of the tank is covered off with glass, too.

Access to the water is via an area concealed beneath the lighting pod.

According to Hagen:

Inspired by architectural styling, the EDGE aquarium, a 23 L three-dimensional water cube, provides a unique visual effect capturing emotion and serenity within a contemporary setting.

Sealed glass top provides high definition viewing and reduces evaporation for less maintenance. Retractable halogen lighting system, suitable for aquatic plants and casts a unique shimmering effect. Removable cover for easy aquarium and filter access. Overhead ventilation grill dissipates lamp heat and avoids moisture. Powerful easy to use EDGE filter with 3 stage filtration to ensure clear water and a healthy environment.

Until the tank arrives it’s unclear how easy it will be to aquascape the tank, let alone catch fish or clean-up algae, but according to Practical Fishkeeping’s preview, special tools will be provided to help keep this unique tank looking trim:

A small range of Edge accessories is available, including specific tools to aid cleaning the aquarium, including a gravel cleaner, algae magnet and a specially shaped net “to ensure it is easy to keep the Edge in pristine condition”.

The Edge aquarium is due to arrive in the UK on April 6th priced £119.00, though I haven’t spotted any for sale online in the UK yet.

I have, however, found a U.S. online retailer, Lots of Pets, offering the tanks for $149.00.

Hagen says the tank is suitable for tropical fish like tetras and rasboras, as well as goldfish. I’d question the latter, and not only because the tank is far too small for coldwater fish with their high oxygen requirements and bigger size, but also because the tank will probably need to be crammed full of plants to keep algae down and reduce what’s likely to be painful maintenance.

It’s clearly not a marine tank out of the box, but no doubt some of the nano reef crowd will pimp the lighting and produce some special Edge tanks. Certainly the top down viewing conditions will appeal to those who love mushroom corals and ricordea, for instance.

Perhaps that sums up the trouble with these little designer tanks (I’d include the BioOrbs and other designer nanos in this bracket). They are okay for keeping a few small guppies or similar in, but the beginners who buy them are the most likely to overstock them, and the least likely to have the skills to keep them in great condition. Looking after a 40-gallon tank is easier than keeping a five-gallon tank healthy, period.

That aside, it’s nice to see Hagen responding to new developments in fishkeeping. A plain, affordable rimless pre-drilled shallow four-foot by two-foot glass tank would be my suggestion for any manufacturer looking for a hot trend to follow next.

Update 5 April 2009: I’ve spotted the Fluval Edge for sale in one UK aquatic chain in London, priced £89.99.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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zubbub 05.25.10 at 10:16 pm

I love it!!! I want it so so bad!!!

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