That piece of driftwood is so sick!!! Curious, why did you decide to switch from the BML to T5's?
Thanks! I love that piece of wood as well. I have another piece out back that was part of it but my tank is too small for it
I battled for a while with the decision to stay with LED or move to T-5. Ultimately I weighed the benefits of both and decided to go with T5 for the following reasons.
1. It's proven and time tested.
2. The flexibility it provides to be able to change the lighting spectrum to however I choose. With the current LED selections your'e stuck. I own an ecoxotic E-Series and while its a good fixture, i could never get that "warmth" of color I was looking for. I thought about a EcoTech Radion but i would be spending close to $1400 for two fixtures for the next tank instead of $700 for the ATI and it's not really designed for freshwater.
3. I knew I was going to be upgrading soon to a larger tank and I wanted a fixture I could grow with and use for Saltwater or Freshwater depending on my interests at the time.
4. I wasn't getting enough spread with the BMLed at the height I had it. The rear of the tank wasn't getting enough PAR and my stems were growing towards the middle of the tank instead of up like I intended it.
The BML is a great fixture by all accounts and it was a good investment. I probably won't be getting rid of it since my next tank I plan on going with a sump and intend on making a portion of it into a farming/grow out location out of view. (The girlfriend is going a little mad with how many tanks I have.
With this fixture i still get the Dimming ability that I loved so much with the BML and it's a super sexy looking so it's a win, win, win IMO.
Since I've had the ATI up, my HC has been pearling like mad, something I was never able to do with my LED Fixtures and I've managed to get that warmth of color I've wanted for so long.
I'm currently debating on whether I want to purchase an ADA90P or build my own Acrylic tank. If I go acrylic, I can build a larger tank for cheaper than the ADA but I absolutely love the quality of the ADA tanks. If I build my own it's going to be 42"L X24"W X 20"T and I can put in my overflow and still have plenty of room. I just don't like the idea of having to brace the tank but if I don't I have to go with 3/4 or 1" acrylic and most wave makers won't mount with that thickness of material. I looked into starfire glass but I'd be spending much more money than the acrylic.