Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lawerenceville, Ga In a Van down by the river.
Well I have had an Eclipse system 3 for going on 3 years on my desk at work. It currently has two sparkling gournamis and 3 Hephastus cory cats. For plants I have a dwarf sword, hornwort, java fern, water wisteria, and now a flowering type of pennywort they are planted in the red stuff planted tank stuff from seachem.
I have been using the same bulb that came with the tank. I have changed it out every year. I do 1 gallon water changes once a week and add flourish excel and flourish trace every week after the water change. It had 3 cherry shrimp but I lost them after about 2 years. 1 after another in a slow transgression over about 6-7 months.
I have kept white clouds but removed them as the gold ones are kinda mean to the sparkling gournamis.
I believe it is considered low lighting as I have a 3 gal eclipse that is a nano reef at home. That tank has 2X13 watt fixture from ahsupply. However, I noticed that putting MHs on my large planted tank didn't help much till I dosed CO2. (I have MH fixtures from my reef tanks). I currently run 110 Watts of PC on my 55 gal planted tank, and supplemented with 175 XM 10K (2 years old bulb) on one side where my crypts are.
Hornwort. IMHO, is one of the most important types of plant to have in a small nano tank. It grows faster that algae, and I use it in all of my pico and nano planted tanks (I have a few 1/2 gal tanks at home). It can be a nusciance but I spend a total of 1 hour a week at best. That includes feeding and adding top off water daily, and 15 minutes for my water change and tank clean, with about 5 minutes to dose, and once a month a filter change. This includes pruning all plants. I love my nano tanks. I am just very careful to stock them light.
Bunches of tanks.
Reef, Planted, vivarium, terriarium, salt.
I worked my self up from nothing to a state of extreme poverity