Creating your own DIY background.
It's a combination of LED lights, and painted cardboard.
Start with cardboard sheets, I purchased it from art supply shops or they can also be found in most $2 shops in the art supply section.
You can choose white cardboard, but I chose sky blue, to simulate the sky.
The cardboard, is trimmed to the sized of the tank. Join several pieces together if needed.
It's then as simple as painting, or rather blotting white paint onto the blue cardboard.
I used white watercolour blotted onto the cardboard for the cloud effect. I find watercolour gave the best cloud like effects.
You'll notice it's not perfect, and it doesn't have to be perfect. That's the beauty of it.
The next is the lighting.
It's just a simple LED strip of light placed at the back of the tank.
It's your preference in the type of LEDs you get, and how many strips you use. I used 5050 LEDs, and double strips for that extra brightness.
Now, it's just a matter of placing your cardboard at the back of the tank like so...
Notice, the LED lights are in between the board and tank.
Here's what it looks like with different coloured effects.
Please excuse my DIY surface skimmer in these next shots. Yes, it ruins the look, but be assured, it's only temporary while the tank is cycling.
After a bush fire...
Tropical waters ...
A simple white sheet of cardboard is also very effective.
Here is an example of a plain white background with the LED lights, on a small section of the tank. I need to show you a better pic of the full tank with a white background and lights.
If you find the cardboard too thin and does not sit up straight, you can always glue it to a thick piece of board.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Told you it was simple. But then again the simple things are always the best.
I'm looking to get some feedback and opinions about what are suitable and importantly best value for money (think low-end) LED lights for 2 foot tanks. I potentially might have a few slightly larger tanks but for now I only have 2 foot tanks and one 2 1/2 foot.
I don't need anything intense for plant growth I just want to be able to grow moss, algae and biofilm effectively.
Showing shrimp at their best is not important for me either, Currently in my breeding tanks I'm using old T8 lights and a bit sick of them. I am very happy with the built-in LED lights on my cull tank in the lounge and that is only a cheap aqua-one eco? 20ish litre tank so obviously I'm not too fussy.
The key thing is I just want something more efficient that will be efficient and provide good coverage for my tanks.
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i have an Aqua one 980 with lighting built into the hood. I wanted to replace the hood and get an LED system but my tank measures 99 cm so it's an awkward size. I know there are lights available that cover 90-120 cm - can anyone recommend something- I mainly have mosses and Java fern so don't need plant strength lighting. The other thing I wondered is there an adapter that would allow me to use my hood but with LED tubes ? There are 3 tubes in the hood at least 2 different sizes - I need to pull it apart to check out the fluro sizes and haven't done that yet but 2 tubes died this week so perfect time to replace or upgrade.