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I have an Eclipse 3 system that houses shrimp only. The plants consist of Java Moss, Christmas moss wall(to be started this week), Najas grass, and one tiny piece of dwarf saggataria(spelling?) since the shrimp in my big tank seem to love it. I have only the factory lighting in it and I dose with Flourish every 2-3 days or so.

My question is this: The bulb that came with my system says "F6 T5 Daylight" and "..../. Hg". What does all this mean? And do you think this light will grow the moss wall I wish to create?

Edit: I just realized there is a spot for lighting...could someone in charge of this move this for me? I don't know how.
 

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F6 means fluorescent bulb with 6W power rating.

T5 means the tube measures 5/12 of an inch in its diameter.

Daylight means it is a nice clean white light without too much red or blue hue.

Hg is the symbol for mercury, indicating that the bulb contains mercury or not.

I don't have experience with Eclipses so I'll let someone else chime in whether it is enough light to grow anything or not.
 

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Wow! Thank you for that information. I guess the question now for someone is will 6 watts of light be enough for a 3 gal. with all the stuff I mentioned in it(oh..I compared pictures of the dwarf saggataria to my plant and that's what it is)?
 

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The Eclipse 3 comes with 2 - 24" bulbs that are 18 watts each and 5500K: http://marineland.com/products/consumer/con_eclipse.asp
ECLIPSE 3
Fits any 12" X 30" Aquarium Frame (20 "long", 29 or 37 gallon), 24" Fluorescent Lamps (2), Rite-Size "H" Filter Cartridge. Certified Flow: 250 GPH


Here's a little more info from the Dr.'s site:
CD-321235 Eclipse 3 $106.99
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produ...ll&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&N=2004&Nty=1

Also, the Dr.'s have a 65w PC retrofit kit for the Eclipse 3 and it's on sale. It comes with a saltwater bulb that needs to be swapped out for a plant friendly bulb:
CD-21112 Eclipse 3 23" 65W $69.99 $55.99
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produ...ll&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&N=2004&Nty=1

Here's one of many plant friendly bulbs that will replace the saltwater bulb and it's on sale too:
CD-16962 SunPaq Dual Daylight
6700ºK/10000ºK 65W $27.99 $22.39

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=11422&N=2004+113346


I hope this helps you.
 

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Woah, woah, woah! I have the eclipse 3 here http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441776985&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302030099&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023693&bmUID=1176508628919&itemNo=12&In=Fish&N=2030099&Ne=2#detail
not the one you posted there. Mine's only a 3 gallon and it only has one bulb...that's the 6 watt that the other guy mentioned. I only WISH I could have that one in your link...:hihi:
The Eclipse 3 comes with 2 - 24" bulbs that are 18 watts each and 5500K: http://marineland.com/products/consumer/con_eclipse.asp
ECLIPSE 3
Fits any 12" X 30" Aquarium Frame (20 "long", 29 or 37 gallon), 24" Fluorescent Lamps (2), Rite-Size "H" Filter Cartridge. Certified Flow: 250 GPH


Here's a little more info from the Dr.'s site:
CD-321235 Eclipse 3 $106.99
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produ...ll&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&N=2004&Nty=1

Also, the Dr.'s have a 65w PC retrofit kit for the Eclipse 3 and it's on sale. It comes with a saltwater bulb that needs to be swapped out for a plant friendly bulb:
CD-21112 Eclipse 3 23" 65W $69.99 $55.99
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produ...ll&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Np=1&N=2004&Nty=1

Here's one of many plant friendly bulbs that will replace the saltwater bulb and it's on sale too:
CD-16962 SunPaq Dual Daylight
6700ºK/10000ºK 65W $27.99 $22.39

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=11422&N=2004+113346


I hope this helps you.
 

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The title of your post is called "Eclipse 3 lighting...please help!" I read your post and you called it an "Eclipse 3 system."

That's why I thought that you had the "Eclipse 3" system and that's what I
linked.

Your particular tank is actually called the "Eclipse System 3 Aquarium."

I'm sorry for the confusion. It's all Marineland's fault for having two products with similar names.:)
 

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I looked it up and you're right...Couldn't they have come up with something else?! "Eclipse 3 system" and Eclipse System 3" sound the same to me. I'll fix it in my title then. Thanks for pointing it out. Does anyone happen to know about this aquarium's lighting?
The title of your post is called "Eclipse 3 lighting...please help!" I read your post and you called it an "Eclipse 3 system."

That's why I thought that you had the "Eclipse 3" system and that's what I
linked.

Your particular tank is actually called the "Eclipse System 3 Aquarium."

I'm sorry for the confusion. It's all Marineland's fault for having two products with similar names.:)
 

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If it were mine I would go to homedepot or something and get a desk lamp that is compact flourescent either 9w or 13w and strip it out to retrofit to the hood of the eclipse 3
 

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I don't have experience with Eclipses so I'll let someone else chime in whether it is enough light to grow anything or not.
I have an Eclipse System 3 aquarium and it grows Java fern, Crypts and Anubias just fine. I love this tank. One of my favorites believe it or not.
 
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