Need lighting and hood advice...
I'm a brand new aquarium owner and I'm trying to set up my first aquarium which is a 125 gal model...measures 72 in long by 23 in high by 18 in front to back. Equipment wise what I have is the aquarium itself, stand, and two used filter/pump systems...a Fluval 404 and a Fluval 304 (hopefully they work). My plan is to set up a fresh water cichlid tank with whatever plants a cichlid tank will allow.
My next step is to purchase a hood/lighting system. And as I don't know a thing about what kind of equipment is out there, or what exactly I should be looking for, I'm writing in here to get some advice before I drop any $$.
What I know so far is that I'm looking for whatever light/hood system would be appropriate for a planted cichlid tank with a nice looking night moonlight option. Both Fluval systems move water into and out of the tank via a 1.5 inch hose. So whatever I settle on would need four openings to accommodate these hoses.
Here's some pics...
Each of the three openings measures 21 1/2 x 16 in, and each recess measures 22 1/4 x 16 1/2.
Well, that's about all I know at this point. Can someone give me a brief overview of maybe lighting / hood systems in general, and then suggest a direction I should looking at?
Many many thanks!
Complete hoods for so large a tank will be very expensive, if they are even available. I have a 5-foot tank and I use a glass canopy as the "cover" (this fits down on the inside lip around the frame) and then have a light fixture that sits over this on the tank frame. This also allows you more options with lighting, as you are not confined to whatever comes in the hood.
As for the light itself, can you indicate which cichlids? If you are intending Central or South American species, plants will be more numerous and the light will have to be sufficient. If African rift lake species, you will have fewer (if any) substrate rooted plants, and more floating and non-substrate low light plants (Anubias, etc) so light can be a bit different.
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