Are marineland eclipses safe for saltwater?

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Are marineland eclipses safe for saltwater?
 

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Yes, but the lighting is woefully inadequate for any kind of photosynthetic corals, and the flow will need to be supplemented with powerheads. IMO the Eclipse hoods are very very expensive for what you get and would pretty much be my last choice for a Saltwater setup. For a similar price, an all in one tank like a Nanocube, Biocube, or Aquapod is much better suited to a Saltwater setup. The flow rate is better (although I'd still supplement with powerheads), and even the PC models will give you enough light to keep soft corals as well as some less demanding LPS, in case you are looking to keep corals.
 
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I plan on having a marineland explorer 2 (2gallons) with subsidized light... Meaning I put my own 10 watt florescent light in it.



Im not sure because I haven't done enough research but would one of these bulbs be enough for a coral and other small critters?
 

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2 gal tanks don't make good salt tanks IMO water changes to much and isn't good for the tank mates..JMHO
 
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2 Gallon tanks don't make a good anything IMO... but I have one sitting around and I don't know what to do with it thought about dipping my toe into a coral only Saltwater nano tank... but I guess I'll make it a fry tank or something. Thanks : )

Also, what's the smallest feasible Saltwater tank? (I don't mind minimal daily maintenance( 15 mins or less)) Thanks.
 
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ilikefish said:
Also, what's the smallest feasible Saltwater tank? (I don't mind minimal daily maintenance( 15 mins or less)) Thanks.
No one wants to reply : (
 

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IMO, beginner would have best results with a 30. I'm not saying that its not possbile, but you'll probably end up more on doing maintainence rather than enjoying it.
 
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Ok what If I had a 10 gallon sump with the 2 gallon display...? I'm going for low profile on my desk... Idk if you think it is too much work... just curious so I feel like asking instead of wondering.
 

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ilikefish said:
Ok what If I had a 10 gallon sump with the 2 gallon display...? I'm going for low profile on my desk... Idk if you think it is too much work... just curious so I feel like asking instead of wondering.
I say 5 gallon display with a 10 or 15 gallon sump would be much better. Or if you still go with the 2 gallon, get an ATO.
 
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Ha! I have an ATO... But I'll see if I can get my hands on a 5 gallon... Actually... Walmart has 10 gallon tanks for 12$... would a 10 gallon with a 10 gallon sump work?
 

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Sure, that would work. I've kept reef tanks as small as 2.5 gallons, and would agree with ATP that larger tanks are just more enjoyable in general. A 10 gallon tank can turn out pretty cool though.
 

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10 gallon would be better
 
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Hmm ok thanks!
 
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