Catalina Aquarium light fixture thoughts?
I'm thinking about picking up one of these fixtures and was wondering if anyone out there has had any good or bad experiences with them. I'm looking at either the 48" 123 T5HO or the 48" 1234 T5HO fixtures (both come with 3 power cords for unlimited lighting combos) for my 55 gallon. I know I probably won't use more than 2-3 of the bulbs ever, just want the option of higher lighting if I upgrade my tank in the future. One concern I have is their lack of active cooling. Also, you can't really tell how well the fixtures are built from looking at a picture.
So, if anyone has either of these fixture or any Catalina fixture please post your thoughts, reviews, pros, cons, or whatever here. Thanks for your input. This is pretty much the last step in my light buying procedure and would love to see over 2 months of research made worth while with the right purchase. Or if you'd like to recommend a different brand feel free. I'm looking for enough light to grow a carpet of the most demanding ground cover plant if you need a starting point.