Originally Posted by howmanyds
I just got a 75 gallon tank from Petsmart which came with a fluorescent light fixture.
Was it the "Top Fin" package, with the tank and light hood?
75 Gallon Fish Tank » Clear for Life Rectangle Acrylic UniQuarium 75 Gallon | PetSmart
To be honest, this is the package I should have gone with instead of the Marineland 60 gallon "Heartland Ensemble" setup which my Petsmart had a good deal on -- the 60 gallon is ridiculously way too tall to do any kind of mess-free maintenance and it's just oddly proportioned; I'll NEVER do a "tall-over-deep or long" tank ever again...
I digress; let's get back to your questions:
I'd like to have daytime/nighttime LEDs and am most attracted to the "shimmer" effect advertised on Marineland's led fixtures. Is there anyway to get that shimmer if instead of buying Marineland's I just get LED replacement T8 bulbs for the florescent fixture? Is that "shimmer" just a marketing ploy for an effect that any light would cause with moving water?
Has anyone had success with these kinds of T8 LEDs? If this system would work out, I would then like to add a strip of nighttime LEDs separately so I can put each cord on a timer.
BTW, I'm going with an African cichlid setup.
While I'm not keeping Chichlids, I have a fancy goldfish setup and I am very unhappy with the "stock" fluorescent lighting that came with my Marineland tank, and so like you I am very interested in Marineland's LED
day/night fixtures...I want to get that "underwater shimmering effect" as well, and I also love the idea of switching on the blue LEDs for the "moonlight under water effect." However, I didn't want to lose my hoods, but it seems the only way around this is to buy -- in my case -- Marineland's prepackaged hoods that contain the day/night LEDs and completely replace my factory hoods...the "replacement" hoods look like this:
Aquarium Lighting Led Aquarium Hoods | Marineland
I'm interested in learning more about this topic by others who may contribute with some further ideas...