I got tired of the full "deluxe" hood on my 29g so I picked up a glass versa-top on my way home from work today. Aesthetically it is a night and day improvement, functionaly it appears to provide more light from my single T8 fixture. After comparing the glass top with the full hood the full hood had a very narrow window on the bottom.
Anyways I've been having some issues with my floaters lately since they are starting to spread and get stuck in the shade areas. While at PetSmart I of course was looking around at other random items and came across this. AqueonŽ Freshwater T5 Light Fixture - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart
It's a dual fixture T5 but what I liked is that it's only NO so from what I've read would be just like having a second T8 fixture (which I've been debating whether to try or not) without having the cumbersome second fixture on the glass top.
My curiosity to try and slightly increase my light without tipping the balance is coming from the growth in my 10g with two 10w GE Daylight CFL is blowing my 29g out of the water. Both tanks have a few of the same plants that I have been comparing. Crypts, wisteria, and swords are all in both tanks. The 29g in no way is struggling, but I have lost a few plants during the learning process that were higher light plants that I did not research properly before buying, other than that, slow but ok growth.
I know, I know, I have to find the balance, an excess in any one area will cause algea
. I would probably start it on 8hrs a day and see how it does. I have ZERO algea in my 29g, another reason I'm thinking of pushing the envelpe just a tad. The 10g though does have some very minor algea but nothing the pond/ramshorn snails can't keep under control.
So summarizing my babble I'm wondering since these are NO bulbs would I be alright, pushing it, or completely tip the scale and run like the wind? Also how readily available are NO T5 bulbs?
One other note, is I guess I could always get it and try it, if it doesn't work out within the first 30 days I could always return it. hmmm... why do I always have to screw with something, like the new 40g Reef Tank isn't keeping me busy enough lol.