Are marineland eclipses safe for saltwater?

Discussion in 'Nano Saltwater Tanks' started by ilikefish, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. i

    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    Are marineland eclipses safe for saltwater?
     
  2. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    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 SW setup. For a similar price, an all in one tank like a Nanocube, Biocube, or Aquapod is much better suited to a SW 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.
     
  3. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    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?
     




  4. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_Don Well Known Member Member

    2 gal tanks don't make good salt tanks IMO water changes to much and isn't good for the tank mates..JMHO
     
  5. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    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 SW nano tank... but I guess I'll make it a fry tank or something. Thanks : )

    Also, whats the smallest feasible SW tank? (I don't mind minimal daily maintenance( 15 mins or less)) Thanks.
     
  6. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    No one wants to reply : (
     
  7. ATP

    ATP Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  8. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    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.
     
  9. ATP

    ATP Well Known Member Member

    I say 5 gallon display with a 10 or 15 gallon sump would be much better. Or if you still go with the 2g, get an ATO.
     
  10. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    Ha! I have an ATO... But I'll see if I can get my hands on a 5g... Actually... Walmart has 10g tanks for 12$... would a 10g with a 10g sump work?
     
  11. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    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. :)
     
  12. ATP

    ATP Well Known Member Member

    10 gallon would be better :)
     
  13. OP
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    ilikefish Valued Member Member

    Hmm ok thanks! :)
     




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