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Re: [Eclipse System 12 - help a newbie]


I have (or had) the exact same setup you describe.  I switched from an Eclipse
6 to an Eclipse 12 for more room, being very happy with the system.  I used
black gravel with laterite mixed in at the bottom layer of gravel.  Initially,
i used the lights that came with it, which is 13 watts (5000K) if I remember
correctly.  I put in a big anubias barteri on one side, green and bronze
crypts on the other, java moss on a long piece of driftwood, and an amazon
sword as a big background plant.  I had one otocinclus and a school of neons
and a school of blue tetras.  No CO2 or fertilizers, just weekly water changes
of 10%.  Didn't have a bad algae problem, just enough to keep the otto fed and
my tank looked clean.  The plants did well, not spectacular growth but
definitely grew.  The java moss sulked a bit but i don't think i mounted it
right the first time.  Eventually, i wanted to try some other plants and
replaced out the lights and am doing DIY CO2 and have some algae problems that
come and go.  The lights that come with it looked good, color-wise and I
really love the look of the black gravel as a backdrop against the tetras,
driftwood and plants.  I also used a black plastic trashbag as the background
which really worked well.  I would also heartily recommend using Excel as it's
perfect for little tanks with low light levels.  The small bottles are very
inexpensive and lasted a long time for me. 

good luck and happy fishing!
christine dot bennett at usa dot net 


Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 09:05:47 -0400
From: Chet Sermak <crjs at umich_edu>
Subject: Eclipse System 12 - help a newbie

 I've read much of the FINS archives under "Eclipse", Beginners FAQ's
and Aquatic Plants, so I've done some homework, but would really
appreciate if any experts would be willing to summarize the answers to
my questions.  I want to have a simple,*relatively* low  maintenance
(treat tap water for chlorine and nitrates), small planted tank just for
pleasure and relaxation.  I have space for either the Eclipse 6 or 12
and chose the 12 b/c of extra size.  It appears I can grow slow growing
low light plants from what I've read.  I picture my tank moderately
planted, a nice school of tetras, a central stone or driftwood
decoration and some bottom feeders. I don't want to get into CO2 or
replacement bulbs or other complications. My questions are:  Would I
benefit from a Seachem substrate (sand or gravel? and a dark color to
enhance tetra colors)?  Will this shallow a tank have enough room for
sufficient substrate depth?  What depth? Do Corys need a sand type
bottom to protect whiskers? Will this size tank support enough Corys to
make a school? (Beginner FAQ's suggested 6 or 7!)  Are other bottom
feeders better? If poss. I'd like to keep plants and fish from one
geographical area, but not essential.  Could some of you summarize for
me what you would do if you were setting up this tank, e.g. number of
fish, plants and type of substrate?  No changes in basic Eclipse set up
or lighting.  Sorry for length of post.  Thanks in advance!

Chet  -   crjs at umich_edu