A n I n d o o r T r o p i c a l T h u n d e r s t o r m !
Aquarium: 120″ x 80″ x 24″ (950 gallons) | 200 x 300 x 60 cm (3600 liters)
Lighting: 12 x 100 watt LED (equivalent 12 x 250 Watt HQI)
This is probably the most elaborate LFS tank you will ever see. The folks at HPAquaristik recently uploaded a series of short videos of their new main reef display. Suffice it to say, I am in awe of the thought that went into the storm-simulation system of their massive system.
We’re not just talking about random cloud cover simulation using LED lighting (ho-hum application these days). We’re talking about a full blown storm simulation system, with beautifully simulated ambient lights and “lightning strikes”… and actual rainfall! Freshwater is fed into an irrigation system suspended over the tank; Each day, a simulated thunder and rain storm showers the main display with freshwater for a couple of minutes. This is without a doubt the most elaborate evaporation top-off system I know.
It’s far from my place to offer constructive criticism on this awesome system, but integrating pump programs with the lighting system could create an even more spectacular simulated storm.
Unless you’re a serious malcontent, there’s no way these videos do not inspire you:
A full walk-around of the 950 gallon (3,600 liter) reef display
Simulated thunderstorm, complete with rainfall!
Above-the-tank view of the simulated rainstorm
A short video demonstrating simulated cloud cover