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neumahrs 01-12-2010 11:58 PM

Eclipse 12 Journal [Updated 03/10/11 Pics added]
Hello all, new to the forum here, been a lurker for awhile though.
I been away from the hobby for about 8 years and decided its time to return. This is an Eclipse 12 aquarium, a little beat up from when it was a reef tank, but its what I have to start with.

32 watt PC 6700/10000 with CSL electronic ballast
13 watt Ecoxotic 8000k LED Strip
.5 watt Moonlight LED

All of this is installed in the eclipse hood

Filter and heating
inline heater with eheim 2213.


Pressurized with dual stage regulator and Sera 500 reactor.

Power Sand S capped with 2-4 inches of Amazonia Aqua soil

Flora: Stauro repens, UG, anubias nana petite, blyxa, and some sort of moss (think its peacock that snuck in with the anubias).

Livestock: 3 amano shrimp for now.

If anyone has any other ideas please feel free to share.

Pics of the hardscape are below. Sorry for the picture quality, all I have is my cell phone to take pics with.

neumahrs 01-14-2010 05:57 PM

I'm not really happy with the hardscape so I been working on redoing it but struggling. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be great.

On a side note, the dimensions of the Eclipse 12 really makes aquascaping difficult.

You can see so far the change is minor. I took the far left rock and broke it down to a smaller size and added a small rock near the base of the largest rock.

Also included a shot of the hood layout

AlexXx 01-14-2010 09:54 PM

Looking cool! Cant wait to see it with the moonlight on! ive been thinkin about doing a moonlight for some time now.

neumahrs 01-19-2010 12:57 AM

I decided that center rock was just too big, so I broke it down a little smaller and repositioned it. I also recieved my ebay aquascaping tools and ordered some plants. I'll post some pics in a few days.

AlexXx: Moonlights are pretty cool especially if you have critters that are active at night.

On a side note, does anyone know if freshwater inverts like CRS flouresce under UV light? I have a couple UV Leds laying around and wondering whether its worth installing or not.

Morainy 02-08-2010 06:41 PM

I really like the way your rock looks after you broke it down.

I recently planted an Eclipse 12, too. I thought that the lights were not going to be strong enough for growing plants but they really took off. After just 3 weeks I had to do a major trim, and I was able to use the trimmings to plant another tank.

I hope that you will post more photos as I am very interested in what other people are doing with Eclipse 12 tanks -- rather an odd shaped tank, if you're trying to fit rocks in.

Yours looks great.

neumahrs 09-04-2010 07:44 PM

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Ended up having all sorts of things come up so had to delay this considerably.

I finally got some UG which was planted 8/26.

Sorry about the poor quality photo, only had my phone camera with.

Eventually I'll be adding some Staurogyne repens and grow it out bushy on the center mound and maybe some anubias nana petite around that and some blyxa in the background.

neumahrs 09-07-2010 02:50 AM

Minor update, just procured an Eheim 2215 for $50 so that takes care of my filtering needs. All I got left is an in-line heater and a CO2 system but that won't be for a while more.

Also considering attempting to make my own glass lilly pipes, its been awhile since I've done any glass work so we shall see.

neumahrs 01-19-2011 04:18 AM

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Tank is finally filled as of today. Was bored of staring at an empty tank. Better pictures to come once it grows in more.

AquaSpoon 01-19-2011 04:54 AM

Looks great!

neumahrs 01-22-2011 07:44 AM

Well looks like there was a leak somewhere in my co2 system, the tank only lasted 3 days :(.

Wolfgang 01-24-2011 09:57 AM

This is probably the most bad arse eclipse 12 I've ever seen.

chumlee 01-24-2011 11:48 AM

Wow that's an awesome tank! You made the lily pipes in there?

Cottagewitch 01-24-2011 12:28 PM

Well done! It looks like the plants are really taking off. :)

logi-cat 01-24-2011 11:59 PM

The plants are filling in nicely. The Staurogyne repens look fantastic, where did you get it from?

neumahrs 02-10-2011 06:40 AM

The lily pipes I bought from a member here but I just broke it 2 days ago (and stabbed myself pretty good)

Look at how much has changed in 3 weeks.

I got no melting with the UG, slight melting with the anubias and stauro.
The UG has gone insane its growing about an inch below the subtrate in the front.

Should I put a white background or keep it clear the way it is. Also anyone have any plant suggestion? I would love something for the 2 back corners to give the tank a more filled in look but at the same time I kinda like the simplicity of keeping the plant selection as is.

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