So I'm thinking I may upgrade the lights in my 50g because things grow slowly (or die), but nothing really "flourishes." I have 2x15W T8 6700K lifeglo bulbs. About 1800 lumens. So, 0.6 watts per gallon.
Firstly, will this be too might light? I was thinking I would only put one bulb in, giving me 54W. Is it possible to only put one bulb in -- anyone with experience? I want a low tech tank without CO2.
I was considering buying a dual T5HO 48" fixture since that seems to be the standard -- 2 and 4. Does anyone have any recommendations? I was looking at this: Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting
I seemed to find mixed reviews. What do you think? It's cheap, but will it crap out on me or burn my house down? And anyone who has/seen it.. is it black or gray? Hard to tell.
I want something that fits on top over the glass of the current "hood" kind of, doesn't need to be perfect... But I don't want to use the stands really, if that won't melt it or burn my house down...
I kinda like the current dim lights. I worry it may look too bright, but I want to have jungle val or something draping over the top, or floating plants if thats a problem?
I kind of like the "white" color these 6700K bulbs give off. I think 6500K is more yellow... hmm.
Any opinions on the strength of light and hardware please post. :)