So, I think I'm done with shopping in the local big-box stores for lights for these two tanks.
Had a couple of NO T-5 fixtures (Aqueon, maybe?) from one shop, the box said don't use 'em over a topless tank - and the box was right, but I've found I like the topless look. Got a ZooMed HO T-5 for the 75, and loved it for six months - now, one light blinks out if I don't hold the fixture up by the right-hand corner. <sigh>
So, I'm looking for something to put over these two tanks (75 gallon tropical community, 48", and 37g tall goldfish, 36") that won't break in six months or put me in the poorhouse. (I've got some T-8 fixtures over them now, old-school stuff which _just_keep_working_, and never present issues.) Plants in both are crypts, swords, Ludwigia, H. difformis, Apogenotons (the ones sold as dry bulbs, and a Madagascar lace), Rotala, Lilaeopsis, Anubias, Java fern & moss ... and other things one might find in submerged pots at a big-box pet store, which are (up 'til recently!) what's been available without a three-city road trip.
Two fixtures that have come up repeatedly in my research are the Finnex (I know you guys sponsor the forum, for which my thanks!) Ray II, and the Current U.S.A. Satellite Freshwater +, which seems to be lower light, but fun to play with, with lots of different spectral possibilities. (I've read reports that it's not bright enough for planted aquaria, though...) The other day, I did find a LFS which _had_ been strictly saltwater, but now has a significant freshwater department! He managed to confuse me still further, by basically not being able to recommend any T-5 or LED fixtures - and his own planted tank seems to be run by the combination of a Metal Halide and a picture window . . .
Does anyone have any recommendations for / experience with either of these two fixtures, or something else I should really be looking at more closely?
Thanks in advance, especially if you've actually _read_ all this drivel!