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My Eclipse 6 - Planted

First time with real plants, I have learned so much all ready. I'm trying to figure out a way to cram more light into this Eclipse. There is a 13 Watt retrofit kit available, but I might try some DIY first.

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its nice but it would look better with some fine leaved plants and a carpet. i kept a planted eclipse six with 36w stuffed into the hood. with the original lighting, you did great.

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Tamelesstgr...nice nano! I'm new to this...what equipment makes up this little floral world of yours?
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The Eclipse 6 contains the filter system in the hood along with the light. It's convenient. The gravel is a finer grade, kind of like saltwater sand. I used Flourish substrate tabs for my fertilizers.


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its nice but it would look better with some fine leaved plants and a carpet. i kept a planted eclipse six with 36w stuffed into the hood. with the original lighting, you did great.
Hi May I ask what light you stuffed in the hood?
I have a 12 gal eclipse.

Tamelesstgr; I love your tank. Very nice!
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nice hex, I need my to grow like that.
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not sure, but ill check on wednesday (it sounds weird but its not in the house im in at the moment, but ill get back to you)

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its a SmartLite retrofit but they discontinued the product. the tank is now a mini reef and another bulb was put in recently, its a sunpaq retrofit. its made by current usa.

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Very nice tank! I like the color choices. The black substrate really makes things look crisp and clean!

I have four of the 5 gallon Eclipse tanks and have thought of doing something with the lighting, but then I realized that heat would be an issue. As it is, the sparse 8w bulb that comes with the setup heats up the water a couple of degrees (mine stay around 80 because of the lights).

And then the filter blocks half the light so it would have to be changed which means the lid would have to be modified to allow a HOB or other filter.

By the time I figured out just how much I'd have to do and the money I'd have to spend to do it, I realized it wasn't worth it. So my 5g Eclipse tanks will remain low light tanks.

Fortunately, they do grow low light plants. So I'm hoping as I learn more about the various plants out there, I can expand my plant variety for my 5g nanos. I'd love to have mine look like Tamelesstgr's!

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I'm no expert, I'm very much a noob with plants. I really like the way they look in a tank versus gimick ships and fake plants.

I started out with the nana's. They looked well, and even sprouted a few new leafs. Then I added the crypt. They were melting a little bit in the fish store, but the bad ones were trimmed or melted right away. Now they seem to have better color and are perking up a bit.

The rotala I am not so sure will last, it needs more light, but for a few bucks, I figured I would give it a shot. Same thing for the scarlet temple in front. It has lost some of the reddish tint, it also needs more light.

I have been thinking about changing my light to something like this:

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That hygro on the left and right are going to get pretty big, just so ya know.


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Thanks for the link, Tamelesstgr! I love the idea!

I've often wondered just how much Marineland would make if they offered a lighting upgrade kit.

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Looks clean and simple!
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