A reef tank thunderstorm....

Posted by Tim // 10 Replies

Our neighbors have to wonder about us.  There are probably quite a few with binoculars by the window waiting to uncover our secrets.  Pretty sure they are disappointed when they realize how boring we are.

I would imagine many of them see the glow coming from our dining room and believe we are growing illegal substances.  I am surprised we’ve never been bombarded with questions of why our house glows all the time, but then again they are probably more concerned with why we haven’t cut our grass all week.  It’s a jungle out there.

I can only imagine what people think when they see the flashing lights of a thunderstorm.  Professional photographers?  Rookie Ravers?  Epileptic Research Association?  Weather Manipulators?  Bingo.

When we set up our 210 gallon reef tank, we splurged on AI Sols (fancy LED lights) to help trick the fishies into thinking they were really out in the wild.  They have moon cycles, customizable color spectrums, and the best part is a pretty realistic thunderstorm.

This video isn’t full of suspense and excitement but if you want to add your own thunder sounds or bust out your rain beads, feel free.  Christina says, “Humming the Jaws Theme followed by The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow really gets the fish excited”.  She always has to put her two five cents in.

The video doesn’t do this feature justice because it really lights up the whole house.  Particularly frightening when you wake up at midnight and are knocked over by blinding lights.

So if you ever decide to stop by and visit us, please don’t be alarmed.  We are just trying to trick our fish into thinking they are in Hawaii.

Aqua Illumination (the light folks) are not paying our bills.  Just thought you all would like to see a unique part of our life, as indoor weather manipulators.

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Written by Christina and Tim

10 thoughts on “A reef tank thunderstorm….

  1. Trisha D.

    That is soooo cool! Hope to witness this phenomenon when I stop by! I’ll be like one of those kids at the candy store with their face smushed against the glass! Don’t worry, I’ll bring some glass cleaner.

    On a side note, last night we finished the last episode of ‘Tanked’ on Netflix. Hope they get the next 3 seasons soon!

    1. Christina

      We will make it rain…errrrr lightning for ya 🙂

      You know what, I haven’t been too impressed with the most recent episodes (is that like sac-religious) the first two seasons were incredible and now it seems like they are doing smaller goofy tanks. I want to see the HUGE 45613156456134564 gallon tanks hahaha.

  2. Janelle

    ohmygosh that is SO COOL! I mean yeah, it would totally freak me out as a neighbor, wondering what the heck you guys are doing in there… Pretty sweet!!

    1. Christina

      I am really surprised we haven’t been questioned about it. I know you can see it from our front windows and our dining room windows….maybe they are afraid to ask!

        1. Christina

          Hahaha…you are probably right. I have to imagine from the outside it looks like we are taking pictures. WHICH probably makes sense to them since they see us out there all the time taking pictures of projects and landscaping and birds and just about everything!


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