Couple of thoughts.
First is I keep a file of my favorite tanks for inspiration, and this is one of them.
Second is that I hope people realize the effort that goes into a presentation like this. The amount of trimming required to create this look is far more than most understand.
You should post before and after trimming pics some time. There is some real attention to detail there.
Well done sir!
Definitely will show before/after pics next time!
Some people would think it's too much work to keep a Dutch tank. I think this style is perfect for me as I love messing with my tanks.
ughhh your last pic just makes me drool and think about what would T5 do vs LED but I hate the idea of upgrading bulbs every year.
Looks beautiful and I am very jealous of your natural water softness
As Hendy8888 pointed out, there is no need to change the bulb every year. They last a lot longer than most people think
Agreed that soft water makes things easier, but then again I have to spend more $ on salt to remineralize it.
I do not and don't plan on changing my t5ho bulbs due to old age. BRS investigates did an episode dealing with this subject and found useful bulb life to be much longer than once thought. Much more important in a reef tank than planted tanks. I'm quite fine with any spectrum shift and even with a 20% reduction of PAR If I really want to I'll lower the fixture height to compensate. Almost all the bulbs I'm using have 2-3 years of service so far.
Love your tank, keep the pics coming! How do you like the KZ fixture? I don't think I've ever seen one before, do you happen to have some close ups of the fixture itself? Is yours dimmable or multiple power cords?
Yeah, the fixture not so popular, only seen it in Japan. I don't think KZ makes it themself. It was made by a German company called Seaqualux. My model is SEAQUALUX – F.
People here say that the PAR is not as high as an ATI fixture. A 10 bulbs KZ fixture only produces about the same PAR as an 8 bulbs ATI fixture at the same distance.
I like lit. It's super wide which perfectly covers my 24" wide tank. I think they work well for an even wider tank. Made of aluminum so it's quite light and runs cool.
Not a dimmable fixture. It comes with 3 cords for separate 3 channels.
It produces more than enough light for my tank. Haning it at 12inches from the water surface ATM. Only run 10 bulbs for 2 hours. The rest of the time is 6 bulbs.
No update today, just want to show off this
My Buce sp. Ghost is producing a pink variegated stem