My aquarium hood on my 33 gallon “long” (48″ x 12″ x 12″) shell dweller tank has gone through many stages. I started with a single bright Marineland LED fixture. It was relatively inexpensive, but it was just not bright enough. I then decided to build my own LED hood. Version 2 of this hood is detailed in this post. Version one use the same wooden fixture seen here, but different LEDs. The first version used LED tape kits, one for daylight and a second for blue night lights. The daylights were not true daylight (6100 to 6500K), rather they had a bluer tone that was not as appealing. The other main difference was the inside color of the version 1 hood – white. I painted the inside a bright white originally to act as a reflector and bounce light back into the aquarium. This had the desired effect, but it lit the aquarium so evenly I lost the “spot light” effect I had with the Marineland fixture.
These hood experiments established my requirements for version 2 of my DIY hood:
- better quality lighting in the daylight spectrum, and
- more dramatic spot lighting where possible.
The following sections detail the reconstruction of version 2 of the hood followed by full tank shots of the final effects.
Lighted tank shots
The following images are labeled with a description, the operating hours, and timer state (timer 1 state – timer 2 state – timer 3 state) for each lighting condition. The timer states correspond to:
- timer 1 – blue LED night lights
- timer 2 – 1 x 22″ JungleDawn LED light bar
- timer 3 – 2 x 22″ JungleDawn LED light bars
Pre-Dawn :: 7 AM to 8 AM :: on-off-off
Dawn :: 8 AM to 11 AM :: on-on-off
Full sun :: 11 AM to 7 PM :: on-on-on
Dusk :: 7 PM to 9 PM :: on-on-off
Moonlight :: 9 PM to 10:30 PM :: on-off-off
Night :: off-off-off 😉
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Todd at LightYourReptiles was extremely helpful in designing a custom lighting solution for my viv. He provided email based consultation prior to the purchase and followed up on the sale. The quality of his products is excellent, and packaging for shipping was top notch. Based on my experiences setting up my dart frog viv lighting, I approached Todd about reconfiguring my aquarium lighting. I am very happy with the finished product, and I would do business with Todd again, but now all my enclosures are lit!
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