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Just started a new 3G Eclipse tank. I'm going to use this as a low-light planted tank and try out Red Sea Flora Base substrate. For now I will dose daily with a small amount of Flourish Excel, and 2/week with Flourish. Right now I have some java moss, micro sword, and anachris in there, though I more or less just threw the java moss in there as it would not be held by the substrate. This substrate is very soft and light, it almost feels like it is going to float up to the surface, but it doesn't of course.

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Great start! I like all the moss spread around. What fish are you planning on putting in it?
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I like the way the rocks contrast with your substrate.

Could I recommend some crypts as accent plants? They would look good against the backdrop of light and dark green you already have in there.

I used to have a 3 gallon eclipse low tech tank too, but the light fixture that came with it melted, and then the filter broke.Hopefully you'll have better luck with yours.
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Nice 3g

I have my Betta 3g at home now since i didn't want to go to work just to feed him while I was on "vacation" (being away from work = vacation). I ran just those green gems as a "substrate", java moss, a piece of driftwood, and some anacharis from my 10g in my 3g but now at work, I have a 6g and put in red sea flora base as well. Lighting is only 8W, so I am not sure myself what i'll put in there as well I guess my betta will move in once I get the interior decorating done

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update: well, I saw a nice piece of driftwood which I thought would look good in my 3G, so out went the rocks and in went this! It certainly has a bit more drama in it then those little rocks

Right now I have one platy, one balloon molly, and one guppy in there, this is an all male tank (fraternity I guess) because these guys were going crazy in my 10G, and a few platy fry...oh and one snail that hitchhiked on the Java Moss, even though I cleaned the moss like there was no tomorrow

I've been dosing Excel daily but to be honest I haven't seen a lot of growth, I moved some Ambulia from my 10G into this one because it seems to grow so fast.


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Looks really nice. Doesn't the Eclipse 3g come with a 6watt fluorescent light?
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Looks really nice. Doesn't the Eclipse 3g come with a 6watt fluorescent light?
Yep, only 2 wpg, not much...maybe I'll upgrade in the future, for now though I'll just try this as a low light tank.
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Also how is the Anacharis doing in your tank? because I don't see it in the updated pic.
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Also how is the Anacharis doing in your tank? because I don't see it in the updated pic.
I took it out as it didn't look that good with the other plants, but it was growing OK before I took it out...I even put some of it into an old goldfish bowl I had with Flora Base and put it in my kitchen...it managed to grow with only my kitchen lighting!
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That wood is really nice. Seems all is going good.


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Is this what you are using for substrate? http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=3349;pcid2= If so how do you like it?
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Is this what you are using for substrate? http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/... 1=3349;pcid2= If so how do you like it?
No, it is called Red Sea Flora Base http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113555 and it is a very light granule substrate...its very hard to keep stem plants rooted in this, they are always floating to the top...plus it is monochromatic in appearance, which is both good/bad...good because it creates such a nice contrast between the substrate and wood/plants...bad because it almost seems a little un-natural in that is has no variety in appearence...I definitely prefer Flourite over this substrate.
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Great looking setup you got there. It's nice to see a thread on 3 gallon eclipse systems. The addition of that wood is great. It looks like the excel is growing your moss very well.

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