10-28-2008, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyyrlym
Gravel, probably ten pounds, maybe 15 should do you. You're looking for about 1" on the bottom.
Light Bulb, depends on what you're looking to grow. The spectrum of the bulb isn't great however. Low light plants would probably grow but if you're looking for anything requiring intense lighting it's probably not enough. Given the all in one nature of the system you're not likely to be able to do anything to change that however.
This would be the first time I've heard anything bad about a marineland filter. If anything the filter is overly large at 150gph turnover in a 12 gallon tank. You usually shoot for turning over the volume of the aquarium about 5 times an hour, the eclipse can do it over 12 times an hour. If you're looking to keep a fish that doesn't do well in strong currents that can be a problem.
The real attraction of an Eclipse system is that you get an almost* all in one package in a sleek enclosure. If you're going to be adding your own filter and looking to seriously upgrade the lighting you probably should just look at a conventional 20 gallon tank and purchase your own filter and lighting.
*I say almost because you really need a heater if you're going to keep tropical fish. A 50W should be fine for a tank that size.
Thanks for your help! I plan on keeping fancy goldfish but I wanted to add some plants as well. I didnt want the light to be too bright for them but it comes with only a 13W light bulb and that seems rather dull. I'm completely new at this...all I really want is a new light bulb so i don't want to buy those kits that are really expensive...Any idea where I can just get the light bulb and what wattage would be good for fancy goldfish and some plants? My main concern is that if I get a bulb thats too bright, that would make the water too hot and then be really uncomfortable for the goldfish.
I also really can't purchase any other aquarium because I already have thise one..I received it as a gift. I'll give this filter a shot, I'm just worried because goldfish make a lot of mess and I'm afraid the filter might not be able to handle it.
So basically, I guess what I'm asking is how many watts should the bulb be for the goldfish and plants for the eclipse system (without making the water too hot). Would 50 W be too high?
Last edited by Goldfishlover25; 10-28-2008 at 10:40 AM..