Hi, hoping for a little help
I'm resurrecting a tank from 5 years ago that previously only had fish.
I'm hoping to make a freshwater planted/fish tank with a mild/moderate amount of plants, at least enough for some ground cover. Also hoping to have a school of tetras and ~4 discus. (note: This is my first exploration into the planted tank world)
Tank dimensions are: 72" tall, 18" front to back, 20" high.
I have black quartz (Spectra) ground cover around 2" deep.
I have a DIY canopy with 2 105watt SHO bulbs currently.
The 2 bulbs are mounted on each side of the tank and I have mylar in the canopy, and my concern is the middle of the tank doesn't seem to have enough light.
Also it is hard for me to tell, but the light does not seem 'natural' enough.
Lastly, there is a center support on the top of the tank which precludes me just putting 1 additional light in the center.
I am thinking of adding 2 more SHO bulbs, though with this solution I will need to make some mount to attach the bulbs to the top of the canopy to have enough room to do maintenance. Also I'm not sure the light will feel 'natural' still.
I have also thought of using 2 small T5's which would be easier in terms of the DIY work.
I have also thought of using 2 small LED strips, but cost is an issue, I'm hoping not to spend more than $200usd on lighting
So I'm hoping someone has some good advice?
Thanks a ton!
ps I will try to attach some pics but im not sure I know how