I have been planning the aquarium and am starting to understand some concepts of the plant stuff.
I struck a deal with my son, since he wants fish he can feed shrimp or guppies now and then. I have a 125 with a pleco and a few mbunas in it and he is going to put them in the new 75 and the 125 will be for the planted/community tank.
Both tanks had the black plastic hoods, so today I ordered a see through canopy for the 125.
My next concern is lighting. I am shooting for middleish lighting. I saw some fixtures that were pretty affordable, but had a few questions.
They do not come in 72" fixtures (the 125 is 72" long), can I use two 36" fixtures or will the mounting hardware get in the way and I really need to try and find a 72" fixture?
Both are T5...Are these safe to set right on the glass or will they generate a lot of heat and cause problems?
These are the two types of products I was looking at: http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/1392/product.web http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/10927/product.web
As near as I can tell, there is no difference between the top ones and the bottom ones that are double fixtured except for the lights that they come with.
The top ones come with a 10,000k bulb, is this too many K's? and a 'pink plant bulb, which I have never heard of.
I know I am asking a lot of questions, but the LFS doesnt carry this type of thing and I will have to mail-order it, and dont want to accidently get something I cannot use because I couldnt really get a good look at it or didnt understand how it worked.[/i]