This year for my birthday I just what I asked for. It was also the only thing I asked for. Imagine that. Anyways I got a 6 gallon Eclipse set up for my office. I brought it in, set it up and it is looking nice. Unfortunately I misjudged the size of the tank in relation to the size of one of the ornaments I requested for it and had to leave it out.
What did go in the tank looks great. Black sand, several silk plants, and a piece of mopani driftwood. The sand surprised me by being quite a bit coarser than the play sand in my main tank. Not kosher salt coarse but much larger in size than the play sand. I was iffy about the wood at first because out of the water and dry the light portions were a pine yellow and the darker areas a chocolate brown. After several days of immersion thought the light areas have darkened and vice versa for the dark area. It's also stained the water a delightful golden tea color.
I'm keeping track of my feelings about the Eclipse System 6 here
Heating is being taken care of by a Visi-Therm Stealth 25W. I'm fairly certain the light is adding some heat itself because of its proximity to the tank water. The Stealth and the lights are keeping the tank a balmy 81 degrees. I'm debating whether or not to crank that down.
The Eclipse's filter is pretty powerful and I've taken steps to try and restrict flow, namely wrapping the intake in foam and filling the filter body itself with biomax pellets and foam. Flow's been reduced but my little buddy still won't swim in the front upper half of the aquarium. I'm going to look for ways to lower the flow more but I'm not hopeful. I may look into adding a diverter to try and break up the flow some.
Speaking of little buddies...
Right now Shark here is the sole resident of the tank. My son gave him his name. Hard to believe he's a Petsmart special. I feel a bit guilty about supporting Petsmart's death cup trade but my protest would do nothing to their business in it and make me spend a great deal more than I did for him. Rationalizing aside he was just too stinking handsome to leave there.
With pre-seeded biomax pellets and him all by his lonesome in the six gallon tank I'm not overly worried about a cycle. Regardless I'm keeping a close watch on the water parameters just in case.
Eventually I plan to add a female platy, maybe two to the tank and a small group of harlequin rasboras. I'll start with a single platy to see how Shark reacts before anything else.