Hi, all, as you can see I'm new, I've known about this awesome site for a few years now, finally decided to join
I had a 30 gallon, 30" that I decided to clean up and start setting up as a shrimp tank, with a carpet of glosso and/or dwarf hairgrass.
I spent some time shopping around for some decent lighting, and decided to set up:
3x 26 watt, 1610 lumen, CFL, with aluminum work clamp housing @6500k
I did some rough math and it seems I might only be getting about 8-9 lumens per square inch
(accounting for light lost into the ambient room. I know this could be fixed with some better housing that redirects more of the light into the tank, but even with optimal setup, I would only be getting about 14 lumens/si. Squared falloff is pretty harsh, with lightbulbs being 19 inches from the average substrate point. I think my tank might be a bit too tall lighting wise, for the kinds of plants I want to get in here.
Opinion on my lighting? I had to switch off two lights because of the glare. Haha, I still have to find a better filter though, still using stock :P
Thanks a bunch,