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Setting up a tank for my wife

For Christmas I am setting up a tank for my wife. I have been into saltwater for many years but am clueless when it comes to freshwater. Since I will be doing all maintenance on her tank I would like it to be very simple. I am going with a 30 gallon with an Eclipse hood for lighting and filtration. Any advice on lower-light, simple plants and a good substrate would be much appreciated.
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A very good place to start is to read Rex's FAQ. I wish I'd found it before I'd gotten into the hobby. Come on back once you've had a read-through! And welcome!


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Another great site... http://www.aquariaplants.com/index.htm

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IMHO an Eclipse hood for a 30 gallon tank is not low light it's NO light. You are working with around 1 watt per gallon and that's not going to grow much. You will be able to get Java Fern and some Anubias and Crypts to survive but that's about it.
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SBGRAD24 - as you read some of the links suggested below, you will find that the light you are talking about is really very, very low for plants. Unfortunatly the one plant you will be able to cultive is algae. I started out with an Eclipse myself, and was able to grow some Anubias barteri var. nana and Hygrophila difformis (water wysteria).

Does anyone know a good lighting alternative for an Eclipse 30?

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There used to be a 65 watt PC retro fit kit available. But the cost was a bit high at around $80. I know because I bought one. In fact I still have it. But I'm not using it anymore.

The Eclipse hood system is not ideal for a planted tank. You would be much better off IMHO with an AquaClear filter and decent lighting.
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If you can get the retro, it's a good way to go. But if you find that you are not ready for that (ready - spelled $$$), try a Hagen Life-Glo tube to see if that helps over what comes in the Eclipse. But you'll still need more light...

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In all fairness, I started out with an Eclipse as well, and I had a LOT of plants growing like weeds for a long time. I finally upgraded to a 65W PC and could get into the more interesting plants, but it's not really fair to say that you can't work with an Eclipse's stock lighting.

You can definitely do BETTER with more lighting. I'm totally glad I upgraded, and I wish I hadn't gotten the Eclipse to begin with (both lighting and filtration-wise), but the Eclipse isn't completely useless.

If you haven't bought the hood yet, you might want to rethink your choice. But if you have, it's still workable.


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I actually have an eclipse tank out in the living room right now that is "fully" planted. As a matter of fact, it comes with 2 bulbs and I don't even have both turned on, only one, and the plants grow juuuuust fine. Did I mention that it is my java jungle tank? Nothing but java fern. Lots and lots of it. No algae problems though, because there isn't enough light to grow algae. Only java fern.
My girlfriend bought 2 eclipse tanks and they are definately a poor choice for a planted tank. It is my secret wish to sell my 30 gallon eclipse and replace it with a real tank. The second tank is a 5 gallon eclipse and it is also fully planted, but also doesn't work very well.
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I agree that the lights in a exclipse tank is not the best for growing plants but it can be done, sticking with low light plants is your best bet. They have a few Eclipse setups in my LFS that look pretty nice and are doing well.

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