02-17-2013, 05:04 AM
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I also have a 46 gallon bowfront. I know it's not an aqueon because i bought a new glass lid and the front bow was different. It might be marineland. I can't comment on the "type" of light to get, but you'll want to look for 36" not 24"
Think about the types of plants you want to grow. I personally try to shoot for "moderate" light cause it's easier to adjust to high or low after you hit that spot. My tank was once a salt tank and it was given to me as a christmas gift (some guy my husband worked with gave it to us free) and it came with the Coralife 2 bulb high output and I know if I use it I'll want to probably run co2.
If you're looking at staying low tech, You can't go wrong with the standard 36" aqueon strip light if you have a glass hood for it to sit on. You can then get a nice T8 bulb to get it to sit in. This fixture runs like $40 at petsmart/petco but I'm sure if you don't mind a little DIY you could get something cheaper at home depot. A fish store by my house has a 36" dual t8 that aqueon used to sell. But they want $100 for it