We (Corey and I) own a 58-gallon freshwater tank (36"L*18"W*21"D) which we're trying to grow some plants for about 3 weeks: 2 Java fern and 2 Bacopa (we recently lost a water wisteria plant after only 10 days in the tank). Unfortunately, all we're growing is a ton of brown algae and greenish-gray hair algae!!
Right now, our lighting consists of 90W normal-output fluorescents (2 hoods, 1x30w ZooMed Tropical Sun 5500K T8 bulbs and 2x30w GE Aqualux T8 bulbs) and we're aware we have inadequate lighting; ideally, we want to get around 3w to 4w per gallon (about 175w-230w total).
We have been considering some sort of Power Compact lighting hood, but are unsure of what to buy (brands, wattage, number of bulbs, etc). Continuing to use our dual-NO 2x30w hood (due to the measurements of our glass top), we want add a PC unit with a maximum width of 6.5-inches.
PLEASE HELP US! :shock:
Hopefully SOMEONE has solid information for us to follow. [Note: Corey is aware of "retrofit" units, but knows nothing of electrical work. "A man's got to know his limitations." -- Lt. Harry Callahan]