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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-27-2008, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Marko's High-light Eclipse III Journal: Update- 11/9/08; R. Vietnam trim.

ok, so here is the story:
i have had an eclipse 3 for years, and it was planted for a while now. but until a few monthes ago, it was just a plant here and there with no real scape. then i added a moss carpet and some wood and ferns and anubias. i worked for a while and looked alright, but then i got cyano. i got rid of it and it came back. so now i decided to completely redo it from the hood down.

Lighting:
it comes with one 6 watt T5 bulb which is 6500k. its good, but low light. if you know me, you know my theory is the higher tech, the better. so me and my dad went to walmart today and got a PC lamp (yellow one) with 2 9 watt bulbs (good spectrum too). anyway, we hoped it was 2 balasts. we were right. it was to balasts so we would be able to make 2 lamps out of it (one spare for something else), but unfortunately they share the same circut so we can only make one. but at least we have a replacement bulb.
anyway, i plan on using the 9 watt bulb and the 6 watt bulb to get 15 watts of light over the eclipse 3.

Filter:
im not gonna really do anything. just some phosgaurd under the filter pad (though im pretty sure it doesnt do a thing and the phosphate levels probably arent as bad as some make them out to be).

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im going to use flourite red substrate with some eco mix in. the flourite-eco combo has worked for me on multiple tanks.

Aquascape Plans:
i plan on making a regular aquascape, just mini. ive seen way to many iwagumi nanos to make one.

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sounds cool! get some pics up of the light, I'm curious to see what you did with it.


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I look forward to it Just dont put an sae in this one, no matter how small it is

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thanks. well, the light isnt in the hood yet. me and my dad still need to find/make a splash gaurd for it. but thats it. we plan on going to home depot today to try and get some kind of clear plastic tube.

thanks. well a store near me sells really small SAE (like 1-1/5 inches), i could maybe fit one in there for a month or so. lol, jk. this is for my betta.

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here is a pic of the lighting just on its own:


the little black circut box is where the ballast is (took some soldiering). its going to be out of the hood since the eclipse already runs hot enough as it is. ill probably still need to raise the hood on legs (make that legos, lol).

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this should be really interesting. iv always liked the elcipse systems but was never sure about how much light they have.
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well me and my dad found what we can use back on sunday. tomorrow we might work on it, but may not.

im starting to think of which plants im going to put it:
glosso for the foreground
microsword "narrow leaf" for the midground
and rotala wallichi for the background
and moss on the wood, im thinking fissidens maybe; any ideas?

no matter what, it will be a pain until the plants take root, since i have a male betta in there, and he likes to swim through the plants on the bottom, and will deffinately be kicking them up.

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the hood is done!
here are pics:

the hood:


the bulb connector:


whats holding it, velcro:

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are you concerned how well the velcow will hold?
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no. the bulb is very light. to velcro patches is more than enough.
i pulled it off and put it back on and its pretty strong.

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Hey, Marco. Looking forward to seeing this tank.

Is the velcro placed where there is minimal heat? It is possible that should the bulb get hot enough, the glue attaching the bulb to the fixture will melt and loosen. Just something to keep in mind.
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no, its not that hot. i have seen bulbs attached with velcro before, and they were bigger bulbs.
besides its not on the bulb, its on the plastic gaurd i made, and it acts as an insulator.

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i'd also want to caution you on the velcro, I've used some of that self adhesive stuff for various items, and what seems to hold just fine now - will end up falling in your tank about a week later, i wouldn't recommend it

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Maybe you could use super glue to make sure it holds

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i will of course keep checking to see if it holds, but this is a little 9 watt bulb. its like 6 ounces or less.

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