I am new here but participate in many other forums (fora?) and I want to apologize for a question many of you have seen many times before. I have spent a lot of time searching, but I must be at such a low level of understanding that I have to ask even more basic questions.
I just picked up a 55 gal tank of Craig's List. Just the tank, nothing else, but it is cleaning up nice. It has a plastic piece that goes from side to side across the top of the tank in the middle.
So, do I want a hood, a strip light, or what........ and do I want a 48 " lighting system, or two 24" systems, with the plastic piece in the middle supporting the ends of each "thing".
I have learned I want a 6500K and maybe a little more blue, bulb (if I have two), but I can't figure out what it is I want to put them in.
The hoods I find on the web seem very expensive for what I remember them doing, from my previous smaller, tank.
Any and all help appreciated.
I am going to have plants, gouramis and cory cats, plus a few colorful specimens.