Themed Tanks & Light for Diablo
I did some redecorating for my three tanks and came up with some themes for two of them. I love playing around with the decorations! (Hope my fishies enjoy the scenery as well!)
My favorite one is Diablo’s 2.5-gallon tank. It’s a zen themed tank … also green-themed. Very green in there. Diablo seems to enjoy having the vines to swim around now. (I also got a brighter clip-on light; the reading light was actually bugging me a lot).
This is my Spongebob Squarepants themed tank. Very colorful! I should have picked up more characters!! I wish I did, but all I have right now is Spongebob and Patrick. It does kind of look like a mess of decorations, but I also think it’s got a “wild” and cartoon look to it!
Last but not least is this 5.5-gallon tank that Ernie lives in. It doesn’t really have a theme per se (kind of looks like a pond … pond themed?) but I like the way the decorations all kind of came together. If I had a more natural colored gravel I think it would look even better.
Light for Diablo
My 5.5-gallon tank (the one that Ernie lives in) had its lightbulb die recently, so I went to purchase a new one. It also occurred to me I should probably stop putting off getting some sort of light device for Diablo, who lives in the 2.5 gallons. His tank is often very dark, even in the daytime because he doesn’t have any lights in his tank.
I recently got a bonus $5 off “coupon” thing to my Indigo/Chapters membership, so I figured I should use it to buy a light for Diablo. I knew Chapters sells clip on reading lights, so I thought that would be perfect for Diablo’s tank, since it is a small tank. Also, I don’t really have any more room in the wall socket for another thing to plug into (even with the extra-sockets plug I put in), so a clip-on light would be perfect since they use batteries. I found this one at Chapters, it was on sale for $10, and with my coupon, I got it for $5! I was pretty pleased with myself. I like how it can split into two lights, I thought it would be a nice way to distribute the light better in Diablo’s tank.
It clips on great, but as you can see, it is NOWHERE as bright as a proper aquarium light. However, keep in mind: I took this photo with my camera phone, so the photo *is* a little darker than real life; and also, the room is dark with no lights on right now. Normally the room light will be on as well, so it’ll be a *little* brighter still. However, despite all that, it’s a little on the dim side. It didn’t occur to me that a reading light is obviously not going to be as bright as a proper aquarium light.
On the other hand, with no light at all, this is how Diablo has been spending the last few months. It’s definitely an improvement, albeit a small one. I’m okay with the new light for now. Obviously, I would have loved it if its brighter, but that is, unfortunately, already the brightest setting. Diablo’s not going to DIE without a light fixture though, so I’m not really worried. I am hoping in the future I can upgrade Diablo to a tank the same size as his neighbour’s, but we shall see ….
I just want to add, this light appears to be a kickass reading light though, I did try clipping it to an actual book.