Mustang Boy Posted December 26, 2009 Share Posted December 26, 2009 Well my family does secret santa every year and i put a 5-7g tank on my list among other items like a redsea nano HOB, petsmart gift card, n something else that i dont remember. Well my aunt got me(n i just so happened to have gotten her lol) and she bought me an eclipse 5g hex tank AND a $25 gift card for petsmart. i have a few ideas of what to stock in it but i do not want to modifiy it too much if at all, at the very most putting a different light bulb in it(which will be mandatory). so far all that i have set in stone is the cleanup crew so i will go ahead and list it now: *changed CUC numbers* 2 nassarius snails 1 dwarf cerith snails, 1 astrea snail(maybe a star astrea i dont know yet) i have also decided that im gonna try to make most of the rock structure out of tonga rock to help utilize some of the height that is associated with hex tanks(little trick i learned from the FW world with driftwood lol) and as for corals ive decided the easier the better so they will consist of mushrooms, zoas, paly, and MAYBE an island of green star polyps. now the big question. This tank comes stock with a screw in CFL bulb now i read the warning and it says max wattage allowed is a 15w tube style bulb(may have been worded differently but im not sure i read it like 5hrs ago). now since i do not want to go and change the hood or modify this hood at all(unless there is an easy mod) would this bulb(10w version) be suffecient for the easy corals i listed above: http://www.oceanicsystems.com/products/505...scent-lamps.php i also remember seeing in the threads about modding an aquapod 24 for more PC bulbs that there is a mirrored acrylic/plexiglass or somwthing like that, now if i can find this i will try to add this to the underside of the hood where any bit of light will reach and try to angle it back towards the tank so that there is no wasted light hitting anywhere. now this little tank only comes with a 35gph HOB(style dont really know what to call it) now i know that even for these little corals that this will not be enough flow so i was thinking of adding a small powerhead i was thinking like 60-70gph should be suffecient. now i remember seeing a thread about someone talking about a pump that fit this bill perfectly and i will be looking for that thread to find a link to the powerhead but if any of you have a link to it or one like it that would make my search a ton easier. i also have a hydor miniheater that i was going to use on a different tank but it wasnt needed so if need be i can use it on this tank. is there anything you all will recommend to run in this filter besides the funky shapped filter cartridges that are used in it? also would you guys recommend using the biowheel or no and dang i always forget all of my questions before i finish the thread but oh well if i remember the rest i will make a reply with them. also i am sorry about all of the questions i had only planned on asking one and more just started popping into my head lol *edit* equipment wishlist: Hydor Pico Evolution Mini Pump 600 series - ordered Aquarium Surface Skimmer(not sure if it will be too tall or not but its worth test fitting) - ordered Nanotuners.com 2x18w PC retrofit kit Marineland 25w stealth heater - ordered Link to comment
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.