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I have owned a system 3 for almost 6 years now! If there was 1 word to describe this it would be: Effortless.
This is a fine piece of machinery that looks and runs great, for years to come.
-Change the filter every 1-3 months (depending on the clenliness of your fish and the nuber you have)
-25% water change every time you change the filter or every other time (again, depending on your fish
-I also reccomend a gravel cleaner
-About once every 8 months to a year, I have to clean out the impeller housing to clean out the junk that builds up because of reduced performance.(manual shows step by step instructions on how to do this, and if you loose your manual, go to marineland.com to download one for free)
none really, but it is quite small. Recently I have been looking at the system 6 or 12.
*I'm not sure about how it would do with salt water, as I have not tried, but reading reviews I have not heard very positive things about that.
*After having it for about 5 years, white crust started to show up on the edged of the tank lip. One more thing to clean, but what can I say? I have nothing to complain about though, because you can look at other 6 year old systems and they would look like junk, where as mine is in perfect condition(except for the little ECLIPSE marking on the front is half worn off from use!)
All in all, I have been happy with this tank from day one and I'm sure will continue to be happy with it for years to come(if I don't upgrade, that is!) and I would definetly reccomend this to anybody wanting a quick to set up, long lasting, all in one machine that looks stylish. I hope this helps!
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2010 11:55:53 AM PDT
Tamera Ayriss says:
I love your response and knowledge. I am new and right now have just a fish bowl. I had gotten some fancy guppies for my kids and realized how much I like watching them. I am kind of scared to jump into a tank because I have heard it is alot of work, but you make it seem alot better. Is it because this tank's filter is better than others? Anyway I am going to copy and paste your review into a document so when I buy this I have it as a guide, thanks so much for taking the time to write it :)
Posted on Dec 29, 2011 2:30:45 PM PST
Kathryn Smith says:
The Eclipse 12 gallon tank system was a great starter aquarium for me. Great for my guppies. Then the filtration system motor died after 6 months.
I'm tired of fixing things on this acrylic tank system. Lamp replaced, new one blew out after two days, had to replace with another one. Glad I bought 2 lamps at the time. Light power box will pop out of place when plastic top bends slightly from heat. Can't leave lamp on too long.
Suspect tank has sprung a leak. Glad I had a rubbermaid pan for the tank to sit in & collect any water that drained out unexpectedly.
Acrylic tank surface scratches too easily. I'm now tired of fixing things so I'm moving onto a glass aquarium, a new Marineland 10 gallon glass tank aquarium system. Hope this is the improvement I want over the acrylic tank.
Thank you for the tip about having a back up filtration system. When the Eclipse's filtration system failed, thank goodness I had purchased a Penguin 100 filtration unit. It was ready to go right out of the box. Set it up on the tank & saved my guppies.
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