I'm planning a 55G freshwater tank, and I have sort of a rough idea in my head of what I want, part of that vision is lighting...
First, I'll say that I have no desire to keep live plants in this tank, the lights will be used for viewing purposes only, and I'll be getting my FW
plant fix from a different tank.
Second, the decor for this tank will probably consist mostly of rocks and driftwood. I may end up with a few fake plants in there for color, but I'm not sure. I'm leaning towards using a darker substrate, maybe Tahitian Moon Sand?
Third, I want there to be LED
lights on this tank. This is mostly because I have a vision of providing lots of color to this tank through lighting. I'd like to be able to provide more than just white and blue light, sort of like a sunrise/sunset effect. My inspiration right now is the following: (if anyone else even understands this reference I'll be shocked)
Episode 8 of Season 21 of Survivor, there was a scene where there was this brilliant sunset and this strong, orange light was coming from one side, making the lighting of everything just strong. Here's a link to some pictures of it: Ep2108_0495
There are a bunch of other nearby pictures of it too.
Kind of obscure, I know, but I'd like to be able to have an LED
setup that can give me white, blue, and red/orange light. I suppose the more colors, the better, though.
My main issue is that all of the LED
systems out there are super-expensive, because they're designed to light reef tanks, and I haven't been able to find anything that offers more than just white and blue light. Is there any system out there that's customizable enough for my purposes, or should I start posting in the DIY forum and figure out how to make my own setup from scratch?