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Old 09-13-2005, 12:46 PM   #1
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N.O. Lighting for 55g Tank Question

I just bought a used 55g tank that didn't come with a hood or light fixture. It's the standard 48" long size with a center brace in the middle at 24".

This setup is going to be for a friend so I'll only need normal fluorescant lighting. My question is which of the following setups would you prefer?

1. Buy two separate glass tops and one long 48" light fixture?




2. Buy two separate hoods and two 24" light fixtures?


The tank is going to have a full canopy that will enclose the top.

What do you think?

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IMO the first option is better in case your friend wants to go planted someday and wants more light on top. a versa-top is truly a versatile top in that sense .

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I agree. The first option sounds best to me.

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the lighting could potentaly be anything up in the canopy save MH with the glass tops.. the second option really limits future upgrades as said above..
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:01 PM   #5
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48 inch bulbs are also more powerful and cheaper to buy than 24 inch bulbs. You can also overdrive them.
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