Since this is my first post on this forum, I figured I'd introduce myself a little here. Planted tanks have always fascinated me and I was always fascinated by the masterpiece tanks that float around the net. I used to have various aquariums when I was younger, but nothing amazing, no CO2 or amazing aquascapes...my obsession was always jungle related...reptiles, amphibians, jungle travel, insects, etc. I'm into the dart frog hobby where we're trying to take the environment building to the next level. Crappy environments don't really do it for me, like crappy aquariums don't do it for many of you. It was always about taking it to the next level. I love growing miniature orchids, mosses, ferns, etc trying to make the environment as amazing as possible. In many aspects planted tanks are similar to the naturalistic vivarium. I run a company that specializes in Misting Systems for the hobby, we service ZOOs, botanical gardens, etc. I run few forums as well, one about orchids, one about geckos, vivaria, frogs, etc. At any rate, lights was something that never impressed me in the herp hobby, everyone is always trying to grow amazing plants, but under crappy lights they just don't thrive, as you all know that as well. Put crappy lights on your planted tank and the tank...tanks!
Basically if I can grow orchids and make mosses green at few feet away, you'll be able to grow any plants in your tanks. I am growing under these lights right now and not sure if you guys get off on stuff that I get off of in the dart frog hobby, but things like the stuff below are pretty cool for me
- dawn/sunrise/day/evening/night modes that can be controlled as far as intensity of each LED and timing for each
- 6500K and 96W of LED
- Remote Controlled operated and fully programmable
- Lightning mode - it's super awesome, LOL
- Cloud mode, that simulates movement of clouds in front of the sun
- You can also link multiple lights and have them run in Master/Slave mode where the master light controls multiple lights below it. This way sunrise happens in all the tanks as per program of the master light
I'm not sure if this will violate the rules on this forum, so I'm not posting links to my site or the lights. If it's against the rules or if sponsorship is required first, please let me know.
at any rate, I'm planning on diving into planted tanks, I want to make either a planted black water angel or discus tank, but for now I'll leave you guys with few pics of one of my dart frog vivariums.
This btw, is not moss, it's terrestrially grown riccia that's misted several times daily.
little water area in the vivarium
here's one of the occupants
pods getting grown in with riccia
and here's the tank few months later