New light hood for the planted tank.

Photo of both tanks showing how much brighter the planted tank is with the new light hood.

Well, Yesterday I went out and bought a light hood for the planted tank. I must say, it is really nice. I got a Coralife Deluxe Series Double Linear Strip 6700k 65 watt light fixture plus legs so I can set it above the tank like how I prefer to run my planted tanks. I must say this thing is bright. In the photo at left, you can see how bright it really is. It has 2 plugs so I can run both lamps independantly if I wanted to plug them each into their own timer.

The new light hood give so much light that you can see the oxygen bubbles coming off the plant leaves

My plants LOVE having so much light. If you look closely, you can see a string of little oxygen bubbles rising up off one of the leaves. This formed about 20 minutes after I had turned on both lamps. After an hour or so, and a refill and shake of my CO2 bottles, I now have at least a dozen leaves giving off streams of oxygen bubbles. The plants seem to leave streams of bubbles where there is damage to a leaf, a hole or a tear or something like that. A lot of the other leaves are forming little bubbles on the underside of the leaves. It doesn’t look near as impressive, but it is still really cool.

A photo of the left side of my tank.

I was worried that the fish where going to be really shy with the lights being so bright. But it doesn’t seem to be bothering them. A little food, and they are back to their normal, nippy, playful selves. My Pleco is even out right now “sunning” as I type this.

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