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Re: [APD] Re: Eclipse kits for planted tanks

I found that a pair of AHS 13 watt kits do a great job on
the 20" Eclipse hoods. Some folks like to mount hoods back
to front to avoid all the plants leaning into the
foreground -- depends somewhat on your trimming habits ;-)


--- Debunix <debunix at well_com> wrote:

> > Has anyone used Eclipse kits for planted tanks?  What
> are the
> > positives and limitations?  How is the light intensity?
> I have two different types of Eclipse setups in my
> collection.
> I adore the Eclipse System 3 tanks--3G tanks with a 6W
> bulb that is 
> close enough to the substrate to propagate some
> moderately-high-light 
> requiring plants.  I have gotten slow but very good
> growth in them 
> without CO2 or much algae problem.  I use them now mostly
> as fry and 
> quarantine tanks.  I also have set up a couple of them as
> gifts--for an 
> office desk, and for a 5 year old boy.  Both are doing
> well with 
> slower-growing plants.
> I have some Eclipse 3 kits over 29G tanks, and there is
> not enough 
> light in the base kits for anything but low light plants
> and slow 
> growth.  I added an extra 33W bulb to these kits--you can
> see the 
> "retrofit" on my web site--and with that plus CO2 I can
> grow a good 
> variety of plants, and propagate some very happy fish.
> I also have a stack of 12G nano cube tanks, and they will
> grow darn 
> near anything with a little CO2.  I get more bang from
> less CO2.  If I 
> keep the ultra weeds from shading them out, I can even
> get some neat 
> reds going.  But I have to prune pretty regularly;  I got
> lazy for a 
> couple of months and lost some delicate plants.
> Your aquascaping mileage may vary, of course.
> Diane Brown in St. Louis
> http://www.well.com/user/debunix/fish/fishIndex.html
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