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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for Eclipse 6

My son has an Eclipse 6 in his room with the stock lighting and filtration. Any recommendations for live plants we could put in there? It has a flourite substrate and some bog wood. Thanks for any info.

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Lower light plants. Try some Java fern, Java moss, some Crypts and Anubias.

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Thanks Mike. Are there are any stem plants that would do well under that lighting? I'm looking to out-compete some algae that's cropped up in there and want to make sure we give a good go of it. Thanks.

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It is somewhat of a hassle to deal with, but I've found duckweed to be a decent nutrient export in a low light tank, since it is still close to the lights. Other small floating plants as well have worked okay in low light and still grow kind of quickly.

Myself with a smaller tank I've found keeping a low bioload and keeping up on the water maintenance keeps the algae down. I have a 6g as well and we just change the water with RO water 25% per week and keep the water nutrient poor. There are only three small fish in the tank which keeps the bioload low.

Also I've found barley straw to work well as algae defense.

Any stem plant I've seen does poor in low light. But hygrophila is tenacious enough it may grow. You could try floating it in the tank if it won't grow from the substrate, it may if it's floating near the light.
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Any stem plant I've seen does poor in low light...
I had an Eclipse 6, and I found that sessiflora actually did better in this tank under the low light than it did in my higher light 20g. Oddly enough, I found it grew leggier under high light.

Other plants I had good luck with were crypts and java fern.

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I actually grew Lobelia cardinals pretty well under and Eclipse hood! I grew vals, Baclaya longifolia and some other stems.

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