I want to open this with an important question. I am in need of a light for a planted 75gal tank.
I'm currently using a 2xt5 fixture on my 26 bow front, so I'm not against T5s for the new tank, but everyone seems to be talking LEDs lately.
I'm leaning toward the Finnex Ray2
, although it's a bit steep at ~$190. Looking for any advice here. I'd like med to high light. I have a proper CO2 setup and do EI ferts.
So - a breif history. I've been keeping fish since I was around 8 and got my first "fighting fish" in a bowl. In my teens and early 20s I was all about carnivorous predatory fish like Pirhana, but then about 10 years ago I moved to planted. I dabbled in it, never getting real serious (went as far as a fluval co2 setup), before completely neglecting the tank for around 3 years. Almost, but not quite, everything died. Then, back in November, I cleaned it out (not completely, just of algae and dead plants) and set it back up in November, adding a proper pressurized CO2 setup in mid February. Since I did that, things have really taken off.
So far, I haven't focused too much on aquascaping. Mostly I'm trying to get a feel for what thrives in my setup, and trying to get my cherry shrimp to breed (they have started!).
That said I have the itch to upgrade to a 75g for a few reasons. First is obviously the size. I feel limited (and am WAY overstocked) on my 26 bow front. But more than anything I HATE the distortion of the bow front. I find it hard to focus on small things especially near the front of the tank, and I want to see my little baby shrimp hiding in the moss!
So over the next weeks/months I will slowly be upgrading and moving everything over to the 75. I don't intend to keep the bow tank. First thing is to build a DIY stand.
That's about all for now, see some images of progress. From November to a few weeks ago. I'll get a current pic - things are pretty overgrown right now lol! I'll update soon with some specs (equipment) and stocking info. Let me know if any questions!
Here's right after I set it up - that's what survived (and a few new purchases).
Then a few weeks later:
And a few more weeks:
And maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago: