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Eclipse 3 hood lighting 3/5/10
Hello Wet Web Crew,
I have had a 29 Gallon Eclipse 3 system for about 3 months now. So far
it has been a FOWLR system with about 25lbs of cured LR and a 2 inch
<I'd reduce this an inch>
For Equipment I just run the mechanical/bio-wheel filter,
<probably not needed with the live rock you have in there>
the hood offers with an 802 POWERHEAD, and a marine land submersible
I am planning on buying an in-tank skimmer due to the limiting hood I
<Try a hang-on-back, or see if you can put something in place
instead of the bio-wheel>
To get to the point my main question is on the lighting. I have
standard lighting that came with the hood, I believe two T8's.
Although I do not know much about lighting requirements I know in order
for me to have macroalgae I will probably have to upgrade.
<It probably will grow, albeit slowly. You would be better off with
some T5 or CF's here>
Now I noticed that at the LFS they sell individual lights. Is there a
possible way to just swap the lights out in the hood with lights that
will allow for macroalgae growth?
<This is difficult for me to say really, since I have not seen this
particular model. Yes, with many of these plastic all-in-one hoods you
can take the lights out and replace, but this requires a bit of DIY on
your part, removing the T8's & ballast, maybe cutting some
holes in the back and fixing in the correct fasteners to hold the bulbs
in. Cable tying the ballast on the back of the hood is a possibility.
It is unlikely that you will find parts that just 'swap out'.
This is not the biggest DIY project you can do though so I give you
good odds that with a little handiwork this can be done>.
<Either Compact Fluorescent or T5 will work here. Measure up your
hood and buy what fits in there the easiest. You want at least two
bulbs, more if you can get them in>.
Thanks a ton!
<It's a pleasure Jacob>
Eclipse 3 and Protein skimmers -- 3/3/10
About 3 months ago I purchased the Marineland Instant Ocean 29 Gallon
setup that comes with an Eclipse 3 hood, as well as filtration. The
tank cycled fine after adding live rock and sand. I have two
1) Because of my limiting hood, and very low filtration would an
in-tank skimmer be suffice?
<Better than zip>
Would something like the Red Sea Berlin Airlift Internal Protein
Skimmer fit ?
<Can be made to. May have to cut the top summat... Likely with a
Dremel tool or such>
2) And the Bio-Wheel that comes with the hood, should I remove it?
<I wouldn't. Likely of more positive use than
I have heard it eventually becomes a main source for nitrates. If I
take it out should I keep the standard carbon filter pad it comes
<I'd leave both in>
As of now I have:
Eclipse 3 hood on a 29 Gallon aquarium
802 POWERHEAD (that's all it says on it, got it from a friend)
Marineland submersible heater
30 lbs of LR
15 lbs of so called "live sand"
1 Ocellaris Clown
1 Green Chromis
<A social species, but there's no room for a group here>
1 Sixline Wrasse
1 Orange Spotted Diamond Goby
As you can tell my main concerns are with the filtration of the system,
as of now water parameters are good
any help would be much appreciated :)
<Keep reading re small systems
(http://wetwebmedia.com/marine/setup/marsetupindex1.htm) enjoying the
process and your system! Bob Fenner>
Re: Eclipse 3 and Protein skimmers 3/3/10
Would you personally recommend any skimmers that are good for a smaller
<Mmm, yes... am partial to the AquaC Nano... But please do read
and as w/ all "equipment" recommendations, query the various
bb's re. There are a few "Small Marine System" groups.
Marineland Eclipse 3 Hood Lamp Starter/Lighting/Repair
I am trying to find a miniature starter for a dual 18 watt
florescent aquarium light fixture and having little luck. One
light works fine the starter on the other however is burned out.
It is a miniature can and tiny light bulb
<A neon lamp.>
soldered in the wire running from the power supply to one end of
the tube. I hate to have to spend $80 plus to replace the entire
unit when all it needs is this one tiny inexpensive part. Can you
advise me on this. The can has no part # or identification
markings I can see but I do have images of it.
<No part number is printed because the starter was assembled
with separate components, a very unprofessional looking assembly
in my opinion. Likely done to save a few cents per
I went to Marineland's website and searched their parts list
but all they seem to offer is the entire assembly for $77 and
some odd cents plus shipping.
<A starter is basically a time delayed closed contact, no
rocket science here. If you are electrically literate and have
soldering skills, you can replace this by soldering the wires to
a standard fluorescent starter. A 15/20 watt
starter, part number BP45FS2 , is all that is needed. Your local
electrical supply house will have these along with heat shrink
tubing which I would advise using to insulate the starter from
possible electrical shock. Do not do this
if you are uncomfortable with the idea as we are not responsible
for the results. I then suggest to contact Marineland by email as
to this problem and express your feelings as you have here.
James (Salty Dog)>
Philip Beyer Wood
Re Marineland Eclipse 3 Hood Lamp
Thanks for the response.
I am old and disabled at this point but worked as a maintenance
tech in the photo finishing business for 30 plus years. I took a
two year course in industrial electronics from CIE in 1970 so the
procedure you suggest is no problem.
There is no room in the housing for a regular starter but I
popped one open and removed the contents which works fine.
<Good to hear, and glad I saved you a few bucks.>
As for Marineland I already expressed my feelings to them and the
response I received
suggest either I return the unit (2 year warranty) for repair (at
my shipping expense) or buy a new one. The reason being they
can't be responsible if I might electrocute myself if they
sell me the need part (which they have and could) what Bull!
<Yep, just want to cover their butt.>
I can buy parts for every
electric appliance in the house from the refrigerator, to the TV
& vacuum cleaner and not once be turned down for such a
Once again I thank you!
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Berlin Skimmer That Fits In Eclipse 37 Gallon Hood
2/13/09 Hello, <Hi Dennis.> I have no question for
you, just a posting to help Eclipse tank owners who want to add a
skimmer. These two photos show a Berlin 60 skimmer that fits into
my 37 gallon Eclipse tank. This tank is about 10 years old so the
hood design may not be the same now. The skimmer barely fits into
the back right corner of the hood with no cutting or
retro-fitting of any kind. The skimmer costs about 35 dollars and
I remove an inch of skimmate every 3 days or so. The fish load is
2 Ocellaris Clowns, one Blue Damsel and one Royal Gramma. There
are several snails and small hermit crabs. I clean the skimmer
every few months and replace the airstone every 4 months. Thank
you, <And thank you for sharing, Dennis. Will post on the
Daily FAQ's. James (Salty Dog)> Dennis in Iowa
Fish tank advice 7/10/08 Hey bob! <Aimster> Howzit
going? =) <Fine thanks> I wanted to pick your brains a bit about
what features to look for in a fish tank. Is there a particular brand I
should look for or avoid, or cleaning systems that are good, etc?
<Mmm, yes... some brands, makes, models better/worse than others...
For what application may I ask?> I was looking on the PetSmart
website & they mention a skimmer box- what is that? <Mmm, much
to relate... Please take a read here:
http://wetwebmedia.com/marineSetUp.htm for starters...> Also what
does the "eclipse 3" system do? <Mmm, this is a combo
tank, hood, filter, lighting product by Marineland... for the not very
serious... for saltwater... but workable for many freshwater
applications> We have a spot in our hallway that would work for a
tank, and I think we were sort of looking for something low enough that
the cats could freak out over the fish, but also tall enough that Kirk
could also see it. Is there a limitation on how tall a tank can be?
<Mmm, yes... the practical limitation of height is a function of
thickness of the material/s mainly... more expensive (and harder to
work on/in) the taller> also, are there any advantages to a bowfront
tank? <Looks mainly> Also, how much more of a pain in the rumpus
is tropical vs. coldwater fish? <Really cold systems require a
chiller... power to run, some noise, waste heat...> I don't
think I want to muck around with saltwater, but I might deal with
tropical if it isn't too big a pain in the ass. Thoughts? =)
<Definitely start with a simple freshwater... much more
forgiving> PS: I hear we're going to be in Kona at the same
time, at least at the end of your visit. figures that we would run into
each other on another land mass.... ;) <Hope so. I'll be in Kona
from 7/15-8/19. See you there. A hu'i hou! BobF>
Marineland Eclipse Lighting Retrofit - 1/31/08 Hi Bob,
<James> A while back I recall a couple of queries regarding
upgrading lighting in the Eclipse Hood. SmartPaq now has a retrofit kit
for such. It includes a SmartPaq (10K/460nm Actinic) bulb, reflector,
remote ballast assembly with on/off switch, end caps, installation
hardware, and instructions. These etail for around $55.00 for the
Eclipse 1 and 2 (32 watt lamp), and $70.00 for the Eclipse 3 (65 watt
lamp). Both are PC square pin base lamps. Thought you might want to put
this in the FAQ's. Jim
<Will do so. Thanks, B>