I've been reading up on doing set ups with plants growing out of the water. I figured it'd be too hard to convert aquatic plants to grow out of the water so I decided to just go w/ a riparium and use plants that won't dry up.
I'm going to be using my shrimp tank (10 gal baby huey). The shrimp are in another 10 gal holding tank until this one cycles, then they'll go back in.
I had some left over LEDs from my set up on my 48 gal so I picked up a new heat sink and got to work... or at least I started to haha, my dad came in yesterday morning when I was still asleep and took the heat sink out of my room, when I woke up he was almost half way done with the whole thing... -____-
The total cost is about 100 bucks, which isn't bad, the same cost as a nicer t5ho. For small tanks, I think LEDs are a great way to go cost wise. It's just once you get into the larger tanks and you have to use more LEDs and drivers that the cost can get out of hand
Anyways, on to the pics
LEDs mounted to the heat sink. I went with a thick one with fins so I won't have to run a fan. It wasn't too expensive at this small size.
What I woke up to on Saturday. The shade is a sheet of sheet metal or something, I dunno, my dad had it left over from his days as a sheet metal worker
Sanding and painting
Wiring the LEDs, I did this part myself!! haha
All hooked up. 1 of the LEDs burned out, but I don't have any extras. Oh well it's not too important, it's a low light set up and mounted pretty high so not much is affected by having this 1 LED go dark
Here's the finished light mounted. All I need now is the ADA sticker!
Mounted to the ceiling. The wooden plank is screwed into the studs, and used islets to hang the hooks on. I used the hanging kit from Rapidled, but probably could've gone cheaper and done one on my own.
Hard scape - 2 nice pieces from plantbrain zip tied together, kinda looks like a dragon
I'm still waiting for my riparium planters kit from Hydrophyte and once that comes in, I'll start to plant the riparium plants.
The under water part is semi planted - need to find something for the foreground, might go with ss meshes of fisidens, or get some staurogyne in there. Plant list so far:
Crypt "tropica", Crypt mi oya, crypt undulata, bolbitus, fissidens, anubias nana petite
Thanks for looking! If you guys want any other pictures of the fixture just ask and I'll take something.