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post #11 of 46 Old 01-16-2010, 09:21 AM
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I just read over both; my only concern would be light for pants, but as said in the PM's that's something easly exchanged for a "Daylight" rated around 5-6500K; so I'd go with the 5g Aqueon.

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post #12 of 46 Old 01-16-2010, 09:40 AM
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My local Petsmart carries the replacement filter for both the Eclipse and Aqueon so that isn't a problem. I'm mainly looking for opinions on which would be the better one to get. Also, I would replace the carbon insert with something else, perhaps a sponge cut down to size.
I have two well planted Eclipse 6s and I love them. Both have the carbon inserts removed and I use sponges cut to fit. The outflow on the filter is a little too much current for my betta and tetras so I modified that.

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Aunt Kymmie, what did you use to modify the flow for your betta? What kind of plants did you put in your 6 gallon? I was also looking at the Eclipse 6 but was worried about the weight for where I am putting it. Problem solved though. My fiance is going to reinforce the shelf for me
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Aunt Kymmie, what did you use to modify the flow for your betta? What kind of plants did you put in your 6 gallon? I was also looking at the Eclipse 6 but was worried about the weight for where I am putting it. Problem solved though. My fiance is going to reinforce the shelf for me
Growing in my 6gl I have java moss, java fern, bacopa caroliniana & monnieri, cabomba caroliniana, cryptocoryne undulata, didiplis diandra, hygrophila difformis, and one other plant that I have no idea. Most of these are stem plants so while it sounds jam packed I have two stems of this, two stems of that, etc. I use this tank as a propagation tank. Cuttings taken from my display tank are put into this tank. Once they grow too large they are taken from this tank and put back into the display, and the cycle repeats itself.

As far as the filter flow modification I cut a 3" circular portion of a plastic liter bottle that "wraps" over the outflow so the flow goes across the top rather than down. I'm terrible at explaining these type of things. I'll go back and see if I can find the thread where a picture was sent to me by another member showing me how to cut the plastic bottle piece so that it fit perfectly.

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Great! That would be a huge help! Thanks. I am a little worried that the current might be a little too strong with the filter it comes with. I'm looking for modification suggestions just in case I need them. Someone also suggested using a nylon stocking over the intake valve.
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A nylon stocking sounds better than what I have as it would seem to be less obtrusive. I think I'll go cut a piece off of one of mine (I hate wearing those things anyway!) and try it. I'm still looking for that thread on the plastic liter bottle. It was so long ago and I'm weeding through oodles of posts...

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Someone suggested the nylon stocking mthod to me and I thought it was great. The person even uses a black nylon so it matches the filter intake
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Someone suggested the nylon stocking mthod to me and I thought it was great. The person even uses a black nylon so it matches the filter intake
This is a great idea! It's exactly what I'm going to do. Thanks for the tip

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No problem. Glad I could help someone for once instead of everyone always helping me! haha
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post #20 of 46 Old 01-18-2010, 12:11 AM
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I'm not sure what sort of light the Eclipse 3 has (other than that it's "fluorescent"). The Eclipse tanks are pretty high quality, but the thing is they usually require Marineland-specific parts so I'd be worried that you'd be stuck buying their overpriced replacement bulbs. The Aqueon has a 15 watt incandescent light, which should be replaced ASAP as incandescent lights aren't very useful for planted tanks and can heat up your water. You can replacement with screw-in CFL's like these ones which would be great for a planted tank (you'd want the Colormax, not the 50/50). Wal-mart also sells a similar screw-in CFL in their fish supplies section for about $5 a pop. I use these in a couple of incandescent hoods with good results.

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