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help me make my tank pop

Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by jopheso, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. jopheso

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    First let me say Hi to MFK. This is only my second real post :)

    I have a 75G FW setup. play sand substrate white(sorta) live rock blue gradient background. To make the wife happy I will really need to get this tanking popping. I was thinking that an LED might go a long way. I dont have any plants and I wasnt planning on having any as I think the oscars will tear them up. I really like the look of the raised light hoods maybe a few inches about the glass lid. I would actually love to get rid of the glass lids all together if that is possible. Are there any 48" LEDs in a raised hood? I have googled of course but havent found them. I was also going to scatter some smooth river rock on top of the sand substrate.

    Basically the wife wants me to go salt water on the tank because she says everything is so much prettier, but I have the oscars already and I like them :) so I was hoping the gurus on this site could help me to change her mind about the FW tank.

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    Can't do much without a pic!
     
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    add plants and driftwood and a sunken ship. jk on the ship.
     
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    I hope that image is big enough to see. I have removed the HOB filters and replaced them with Aquatop CF500 UV. I also added a dark blue gradient background and the sunfish are gone. Other than that, this is basically how it looks :)

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    I'm saying paint the background black, get some different plants and some sweet driftwood (as mentioned above.)
     
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    Stay away from fake decorations. Collect some nice rock and some driftwood. And sometimes, less is more. And with your Oscars(did he say more than one in a 75g???) you dont want to clutter the tank up.
     
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    ok piece of driftwood might be nice and I can always pull out one of the rocks so its not cluttered. What do yall think about LED lighting? Would it make a big difference. I currently have a 4 bulb 110W fluorescent. It does a decent job lighting the tank, but to me it looks washed out like everything does under fluorescents.
     
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    Some nice pieces of driftwood will make any tank look better. check out manzman in the vendor section. replace those rocks with river rock like you mentioned will help too.

    Just look through pics and find what you like. There's lots of options.
     
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    I love LEDs and it will cut down quite a bit on your electric bill... a bit expensive to buy but no bulb replacement and saved electricity will even it out.
     
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    Ya I think the LEds are a definite for me. Do you know of any that are in a raised hood? I have seen T5s in a hood that sits on an arm and they appear to be 3-4" about the tank due to the arm height. I would love an LED set with a similar style. Any ideas?
     

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