Lighting Issue for 150-gallon, 30" deep, glass flip-lids...
I need some help from the readers out there in terms of how to better light my 150-gallon, 30" deep (surface to substrate) tank. The tank is 48" x 24" footprint. The lids are the "flip-lid" style, glass. The tank and stand are nestled into what would have been a clothes-closet with the sliding doors.
I need to find a solution to use 24", 20-watt, T-12 Phillips "Daylight Deluxe" fluorescent tubes. I chose this model because I want something with a high light output and high color temperature to show off the yellow in my Tropheus.
I can NOT mount any lighting ballast or housing to the bulkhead above the tank as ventilation equipment runs through there... essentially I need something to basically "sit" on the glass lids, much like the makeshift lighting I have now which are two light hoods from a 55-gallon setup.
I was wondering if I could use a "2 Ft. 2-Light Residental Fluorescent Wrap"
on each side of the lids, or even a "4 Ft. 2-Light Residential Fluorescent Wrap"
across the entire span of the lids? I would have to buy models with AC
electrical cord as again, I cannot hard-wire anything into the bulkhead above the tank.
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