Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
If it was for me, I'd get the 10-gallon, glass top, AH Supply 2 X 13 W retro kit, aquaclear mini, ebo-jager heater, eco-complete, etc. (oh wait, i did). but it's for the g/f. it's to fit on top of a breakfast nook and i know she won't want a slapped together look that most enthusiasts'll put up w/ to have the best system.
so, a 10-gallon'll be too big. and i'm still not sure about the eclipse or minibow. i'm kinda leaning toward the eclipse because she most likely will not want a "planted tank" per se, and the bio filtration kicks butt. on the other hand, w/ the minibow, if i get an aquaclear mini on it, and an extra sponge or two, that'll have some kick-butt bio filtration, and filter maintenance'll be cheaper in the long term. but w/ the HOB, i'm starting to stray from that all-in-one look. and w/ the minibow, it's easier to get to 2 wpg if she decides to go the planted route.
i guess, when it comes down to it/ it's 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other and i'm obsessing over it too much.