Originally Posted by Ibrahim
Id go for the 3 bulb in that case. Fishneedit fixtures have better reflectors but no timer or LEDs and the Oddysea fixture's 3rd bulb can make up for what it's reflectors lack.
Wait, why 3 T5 HO
In a cichlid tank, with no plants or corals to sustain, this is completely unnecessary IMO
and it will be an uphill battle with algae as far as I'm concerned.
2 T5 HO
is more than enough for a non-planted cichlid tank.
I use the Fishneedit 2x54 on a 5' 120 gallon and it easily grows low light plants. That's what I wanted- to keep it low maintenance. Hope this helps.
Oh, and BTW... those fixtures with the built in timers... if those timers break, you are pretty well screwed. You'd be better off IMO
to buy a cheap light timer from Walmart and plug your fixture into that. At least it is easily replaceable should failure occur.