" I would really like a 48 in twin flourecent light for my tank.. but seeing how they are $100 I need to go a different route."
Do not get ripped off buying dual strip lights at a pet store. I paid $50 for an All-Glass 24 inch twin tube fixture and it is crap. I have used the thing for about 3 months and already the ballast makes a wretched noise the entire time it is on, even when I replaced the bulbs. I got a PC
light to replace it, now that died and I am back to the twin tube until the replacement PC
Home Depot sells 48 inch twin tube fixtures for $7, and you can buy a 2 pack of 6500K Phillips "Daylight Deluxe" bulbs for less than $10. That is under $20 for 80 watts of nice 6500K light. Here is my friends setup:
That is a $7 fixture and the bulbs were $8 each at a pet store because the Cichlids look better under a 9300K bulb than a 6500K one.
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC