After much research and a few posts around here, I've determined what I'd like to do to light my 30gl tank, and/or the 75 I'm currently trying to sweettalk my wife into. Seeing as how if I do get the 75, the 30 has to go, I'd like to get something that would be capable of serving me for both tanks.
I'd like to get AHSupply.com's 2x55w kit, of which would overpower and require Co2
in my 30gl. Can anyone tell me, since it uses a single ballast, whether I can get away with simply not wiring up the second bulb until its necessary?
Simply put, I can use one of the 2 55w bulbs for my 30gl and be right under 2wpg, that being my goal. When the time comes to fire up the 75gl, I can remake the enclosure and wire up the second bulb, giving me a little less light overall, but still ample light for low-moderate plants. The greatest benefit imo
is simply saving $25 or so from having to buy a 1x55, and then a 2x55 later down the line.
My greatest concern really being whether the ballast will overdrive the single bulb or not. Will it wear that bulb out faster like that? i.e. not something I want to do for a length of time?
72G AGA Bowfront - DIY
- 300W Jager Heater
- Emperor 400 - 40lbs Eco-Complete
- 1 Rainbow Sharks, 2 Marbled Angelfish
- 1 Gold Nugget Pleco
- 5 Red Wag Platys, 2 Gouramies (1xBlue, 1xGold)
- Jebo 110W/220W PC
- Lightly planted(experimenting)