hmm, i went looking at the petsmart website (i just go there to get a rough idea of pricing, very rarely do i buy there, if i do, it's hardware only, no animals or plants, i don't like supporting the big, faceless chain stores, but that's a rant for another day
) and the standard dual-tube strips aren't too bad pricewise, i may just go with one of them, since i plan to replace my striplights anyway...
which would give me better results for reasonable cash outlay, an incandescent with screw-in CF, or a standard dual-tube strip that would let me take advantage of specialized tubes?
as it stands right now, i have 2 striplights on my glass lid, i have lined them with aluminum foil to increase the light output, i don't really like this setup because i have to remove the front strip to access the tank for feeding and maintenance, i'm hoping the two tube strip has similar dimensions to my existing single tube (with my luck it will be wider and won't fit on the glass lid
i like the low-tech approach, primarily to test my creativity, and partially (lets be honest here) because it's cheaper
my current goal is to get my Marimo ball to pearl and float, it pearls a little with the standard 20W Coralife tube, a little more with my old 20W Triton , but no floating yet, then again, i've only recently put the second tube on the tank (around 10 PMish, just to see how quickly the Marimo would pearl up and hopefully float) and it would probably take more than a couple hours to get the Marimo floating