I have a 46 gallon bowfront. On top of it I've got an Aqueon Vera-top & 36" strip light (single 24" 17W T8 bulb). I do not have plants, it's just a simple freshwater tank, but should I still upgrade? I'm considering several options:
1) Replacing the strip light with a similar Aqueon "Deluxe" strip light. The deluxe models have full length bulbs (in this case 36" rather than the standard 24") and also include a reflector. How much of a difference would I notice going from a 24" 17W bulb to a 36" 25W bulb w/ a reflector? Finding just the strip light is kinda hard, but I can find the deluxe hoods. I don't want the hood (I like my vera-top) so can I use the strip light w/o the hood?
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2) Doing some surgery and replacing the guts of my current fixture to fit in another T8. Not sure how comfortable I feel doing this.
3) Buying a 36" double tube fixture.
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