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Cody 02-10-2008 08:08 PM

Eclipse System 12 for Saltwater Use
What are your thoughts for using the Eclipse System 12 Aquarium for a Saltwater tank? I know the lighting is great, and the filter is pretty nice, but are there any thoughts of this being used for SW use? Drs Foster and Smith has a thing were you can buy all the main things for SW that comes with the tank.

Link for that:

I would want FOWLR with *a few* softies and corals to see how it goes. Thoughts?

AWSskater 02-10-2008 11:42 PM

There is an Eclipse System 12 Instant Ocean Kit that is made for saltwater use. It was my first saltwater tank...I'm not so sure about the lighting. The light is like 13 watts in a 12 gallon tank...

Cody 02-11-2008 10:18 PM

Yea, I just noticed that the lighting actually isn't too hot.

I have the system 6 which now has been emptied for a few days. Could I convert this into SW? I am on a budget, so I couldn't be able to upgrade to anything else for a bit. I know which Powerhead and PS I would need to buy...would this be enough? I'm very new to this. Any help would be greatly appreiciated.

MattD 02-12-2008 11:40 AM

The lighting is crap on both your 6 and the 12. You would need to upgrade, so until you are able to, you may want to refrain from beginning a SW tank.

FOWLR systems are fine, but I really don't see the point to these if you upgrade your lights. Once your lights are sufficient, you will only be too tempted to add corals.

Good luck. :D

Cody 02-12-2008 04:45 PM

So as long as I upgrade the lighting and add a skimmer and powerhead, it could work?

MattD 02-12-2008 04:51 PM

A skimmer isn't required, imo. Yes, it will work if you do the above.

Cody 02-12-2008 04:59 PM

Ok, good.

This looks like a decent light fixture (the 50/50 one):

MattD 02-12-2008 05:18 PM

Yeah those are decent lights, except I think you will need a larger fixture than those smaller bulbs. I use the 50/50 setup.

Cody 02-12-2008 08:09 PM

Ok, I will start with those bulbs and see how it goes.

I plan on buying the Hydor Powerhead for Nano reefs, those bulbs, and if I think I should get it, then the Fission Nano Skimmer. I will be using the Bio-Wheel filter for it also; see how that works out. I just got to save up some more money, and I'm good to go.

With the LS and LR, which do I add first? I have always thought LS first, but I read that adding the LR first is better.

MattD 02-12-2008 09:07 PM

Try to add the LR first, as it will be far more stable as the sand will form around it.

I added my LS first, then assured the stability by pressing the rock into the sand till it bottomed out. You can do this too, adding LR first is just easier, I suppose.

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