First post!! Guess its official now!!
This is my first terrarium / Vivarium build ever... Had a few questions on lighting and discovered I needed to post twice here before I could post anywhere else.
but I understand...
The tank is going to be 28x28x36(high) living room display tank custom build.
3/8 Low Iron (I know 3/8 would be too thin for an aquarium, but this is gonna be terrarium or paludarium with not much water, just still wanted something beefy)
(ordered the glass from glass cages, and ill be doing the actual tank assembly myself (have already done MUCH reading / video watching on this)
I plan to keep mostly carnivorous plants / orchids / broms / and some mosses. A false bottom and GS foam background with corkbark and other woods. I would like to do a water feature (heard they can be a bit of a ***** but I would like to do one anyways - and I'm fairly confident I can do it as long as its nicely done and easily accessible (for maintenance).
A little background how I ended up here: My Venus fly traps were doing pretty good as windowsill plants but I could never get them to quite flower - I knew they needed a terrarium with some better lighting... did a quite google search and stumbled upon pictures of various paludariums and terrariums and fell in love with what I saw.
I immediately thought to myself, "I'm building one of these." and have just been stumbling into all sorts of other awesome stuff (DARTS!!!)
I originally planned on doing plants and fish (more of a paludarium build, but after seeing darts I have kind of changed my mind to house them, but they would be VERY LAST.)
So here we are.
My big question is lighting. ive done a lot of reading and kind of know what I'm looking for as far Kelvins and all that.
I'm currently deciding between two or three lights and am hoping someone else with a little more information or personal experience could help.
the lights in question:
1) Tincman Herps 22'' LED (from the biodude)
2) Finnex 24/7 planted plus CC
3) Current-USA Satellite plus PRO
I really like the how the Finnex and Current both have the 24/7 modes and other little funnsie options added in, but kinda wonder if they are just gimmicky or if they are indeed a quality light that would produce enough light for what I need.
I am on somewhat of a budget - but that doesn't mean I want to go cheap. I still want things to be done "right."
If I go finnex or tincman herp I was thinking of getting two just for good measure, but would only be able to afford 1 Current at the moment due to higher price.
I've tried to do as much reading as I could about a lot of different lighting options and want to go the LED route I think.
I've lurked the forums for a quite a while before starting to get into the build, and have pretty much been able to find the answers I'm looking for and make a plan of action. However, lighting... I'm a little lost.
I've also seen the Jungle dawn spotlight leds that looked nice too, but read they don't last too long.
I am pretty open to suggestions and discussions of other lights if someone thinks there is a better option than the lights I've listed feel free to let me know!
glad to be on these forums!
My Nepenthes Macrophyllia ships around end of next month from Wistuba. I'm in a bit of a rush to get the tank ready for it. Not rush and be sloppy though... If I need to tank my time to do things right I will.
I do have an emergency set up all ready for it when it arrives in case the big tank isn't ready yet.
Hoping to have the tank together either this weekend or next.
I will try and post some pics soon of what I got going on soon.