Extreme Novice Needing Lighting Help !
Hey everyone reading! About a month ago I bought a used 55 G Aquarium w/ custom canopy at a yard sale. The owner said it was a reef aquarium which was why there was 4 flourescent bulbs. I took it all home and noticed the bulbs were connected to little end sockets which were connected to ballasts. However, everything was corroded - same bad some hardly at all. So, I took everything apart and threw away the bad ballasts, keeping the decent endcap things.
I bought new ballasts with the same specs: 120 Volts, 60 Htz, .61 Amps for Rapid Start Lamps. It looks like they will work w/ 2 lamps.
So, here are my questions... Will the unit still work with one lamp instead of two? Also, am I on the right path? If I bought 2 30 W for the 55G and connected them to a ballast using the diagram, is this correct?
Also, did the orignal owner's stuff get corroded because he had nothing between the water and the lamps? I'm guessing that is why everything seemed so bad off.
Annnd, can I use aluminum foil as a light reflector?
Lastly and this is just out of curiosity... What fish do people suggest for a saltwater tank? I don't want corals just because I dont think I will be able to sustain them w/ school and work. Also, are planted saltwater tanks common?
Thanks a lot guys.