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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-22-2003, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hooray! I just found an Eclipse 3 at goodwill for $7. It is in great condition but missing the filter. I'm still looking for a replacement filter and once I find that I hope to make it a planted tank.
Any ideas or helpfull hints? What plants would work? Any fish? How many? Should I replace the original bulb?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-22-2003, 01:54 PM
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My planted eclipse was one of my fav tanks, and it didn't have a filter either, lol.

I used small crypt species. Parva, Wendtii, maybe a few Willisii, some petite anubias, and baby tears would make for a nice tank. Otherwise, if you add co2, just about any fine leafed plant shoudl do fine. It will just be kind of a pain, having to trim so frequently.

Fish can be a little trickier. Many people will say it's to small for such a space, but I disagree. You shoudl have good luck with a single betta, a sparkling gourami or 2, a spike tailed licorice gourami, a honey gourami, a pygmy gourami, a croaking gourami, a trio of pygmy cories, a dwarf puffer, a small school of neon tetras, or a male guppy or 2. There are quite a few other choices, these are just the ones I could come up with off the top of my head.

The original bulb should probably go, as you don't know how old it is, might have a bit of a pickle finding a replacement tho..

Good luck with it, I woudl love to see pics when you've got it up and running.
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Since the filter is gone.. would using a Whisper internal Micro filter work? It says it's supposed to go inside the tank.. I'm a bit worried about taking up to much room.
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That's what I use.. It's not so bad.. Add a black background, and you'll hardly even notice it.
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That's what I use.. It's not so bad.. Add a black background, and you'll hardly even notice it.
Yep, saw a 2.5g AGA Mini-Bow on display at the LFS. Was staring at the tank for quite a while before I finally realized there was that internal filter in the tank. Black background is a must, though.
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I have an eclipse here at work, 3 gal, with the original filter and lighting. I have a dwarf Sword (baby from my main tanks) a red pair of coontail cacombas, a piece of driftwood with java fern doing well (move it away from the lighting, mine likes under the cacomba which threatens to take over the tank) and water wisteria. I have a pair of Pygmaeus Haphesteus and a male fancy guppy (rescued from a feeder tank) After the tank cycled I added two cherry shrimp and a wood shrimp ( I thought it was three until I noticed the fans on the wood shrimp). I use pure flourite as a substrate which ;my lfs sells for 1.99 a pound, and it took about 3 pounds for the tank. I can't stress on the lighting though. Keep the java fern away from the light (in my main tanks it grows profilically under the swords) and make sure you use a timer with your lights. (I have a 12 hour lighting cycle). I don't inject CO2 in this tank but use Kent's Plant supplements (two bottles, pro plant and plant I think). Weekly water changes are a must and the water wisteria grows so fast, I have yet to have an algae problem after 5 months. My wife is using a 3 gal and a 5 gal eclipse. She went with "Eco-Earth" substrate and uses dwarf lilies along with Java Fern. It "melted" away in her 3 gal but in her 5 gal I guess the light (hex) was far enough away it didn't affect it. I love the cherry shrimp and I am contemplating adding a few more since my main tank has had babies. Get at least two cories though if you want to see them during the day and get a few MTS. I feed mine once a day, with a very, very small pinch of flake and 1/4 stick of shrimp pellets. Once a week I have to trim the cacomba and the water wisteria.

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Oh yeah. I use a small desk lamp to keep the tank cooler since the average temp here is 80 degrees. I use a piece of paper taped to the Heater Hole in the back of the hood to limit the amount of evaporative cooling my tank has. I keep it about 72 degrees. (The shrimp tend to grow faster and die quicker at higher temps). I attribute the shriimp to keeping algae under control along with the plants. Like I said I feed sparingly and I went 4 days without feeding to no ill effects during the holidays. (The guppy ate my dwarf lily though).

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Something else someone may want to think about, Rasbora masticula. They are wee little fish and active as heck.

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I have 2 eclipse 3 gallons and I absolutly love them. One is planted with lilliopsis(sp), glosso, petite nana and bacopa. the lighting has been upgraded to a 13 watt pc. I have a sparkling gourami and a licorice gourami. The other is stock lighting and is a home for my adolphi Corys for now and a croaking gourami.
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How big does a croaking Gourami get? I was thinking of a sparkling one for a 5 gal hex eclipse.

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about 2.5 inches I do believe.
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So they are a bit larger than Sparkling gouranmis which I can only seem to find the gold ones (I want a blue one)

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So they are a bit larger than Sparkling gouranmis which I can only seem to find the gold ones (I want a blue one)

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Yeah the blue ones are nice. If you ever make it up to charlotte NC there is a store that usually has the blues ones. I want a gold one I cant find them around here at all
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Dang, If you make it to Atlanta we oughta trade. I have only been able to find the big blues and not the dwarf ones. I have seen sunsets and golds, but no blues.

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Do you guys have any pics of your Eclipse tanks?

36g planted, 110w, Pressurized CO2, Eheim 2213, Eco-complete mix; 5.5g planted, 13w, flourite
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