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I have been reading this board for a few weeks now and thought I would jump in. I have been keeping a tank for 4 years and have decided to make some major changes. The tank is a 25 gal high with an Eclipse2 hood. I try to maintain it as a South American tank, with mixed success. I have had to compromise a lot on plant choices due to only 30 watts of light. But I do what I can and add trace elements, potassium, and CO2 with a DIY system. The fish are happy, mostly tetras, and a pair of Rams that have bred 3 times in the last 2 months (none hatched).

So now I have begun planning an upgrade. I will do away with the Eclipse hood (no criticism of Eclipse intended, its just not adequate for my needs, my wife loves it--attractive and quiet...the hood, not the wife... no that's not what I meant, baby, of course you're attractive...wait, come back). So, last weekend I built a new hood from plywood, into which I am going to mount a 55w compact fluorescent from AH Supply (thanks Rex for the suggestion and the site) and the old 30w fl. fixture out of the Eclipse, switched separately. Nearly a 3-fold increase in watts.
And, after reading many postings on the equipment forum on the subject, last night I ordered the Rena Filstar XP2. Apologies to Fluvalistas and Eheimaniacs--what kind of kickback are these guys getting anyway? I like the design and the 2 baskets and it's supposed to be very quiet. Ordered from Big Al's, it cost less than the XP1 at Petsmart.

Now I just have to wait for the stuff I ordered to arrive.
Suggestions, ideas, thoughts, comments? Any would be appreciated.
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First off, let me welcome you to the forum.... Great posts. I enjoyed a good laugh with your sarcasim....

I think your plans are solid. I think you are headed down the right track. My only words of wisdom are patience!


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Welcome Charles! Glad you found us!

Your plan sounds great. You seem to have done some research and a good deal of thinking. I am sure you will do well! Just remember to post some photos of your progress in the Photo Album section.

Apologies to Fluvalistas and Eheimaniacs--what kind of kickback are these guys getting anyway?
Trust me Charles, filter pimping (as it is so affectionately called on this site) is cyclical. For a couple of months its Rena, for a couple of months its Eheim. Just part of the fun at Plantedtank!


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