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If that corallife fixture will put me in middle light I will order that one if not then I plan on getting those sockets and find the bulbs to build one in the rain gutter.
I don't think it would put you in middle light. Again due to it being very a very slim fixture. It took some googling but I found its dimensions and its a mere 1" high. But before you go buy endcaps I would first find bulbs locally. I suggest reading this as it will help you with estimating what kinda light you need and what type of fixture will get you that. I would emphasis the importance of the third figure and how exactly they classify reflectors. It doesn't matter if you end up buy a fixture or building one. How it is designed is just as important as its wattage and bulbs. This is why in my retrofit thread I went into detail on how to bend the reflector. Also ideally you want the bulb at least an inch away from the reflector.
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I've read that thread and my high school education just isn't enough for me to fully understand that. Basically it goes over my head Mikaila. I've got bigger problems to deal with now then worrying about lighting. As my truck just broke down and I have no way to fix it. I am afraid I am going to have to take a break from doing anything with my aquariums other then wc and feedings. Thanks for all that you have done Mikaila!! I truely appreciate it!! Also am sorry you have done all this messing with T5s and Cfl ballasts for nothing. Hope you can fixture out how to make it work your benefit.
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