Actually tired from work in other places, heh, kinda wish I had the time on my hands to keep a high tech in balance, but me and mother nature aren't seeing eye to eye lately. I shouldn't say those days are coming to an end because I still jones for the more robust growth. Maybe just one tank, but at the moment everything is non-injected and the 110 will most definitely be an exercise in low tech, more of a biotope look.
Definitely go for the gold if you're ready, then you can decide if you can keep up. It's very rewarding when results come so fast, just time consuming. And maintaining the balance requires more attention when things happen fast, it's not uncommon to have spurts of success separated by times of imbalance and problems. When I set up the the 110, I want to set it and forget it, let it grow on it's own. Automate the water changes a bit and it should be an easy, long-term project. It's not the husbandry work I'm tired of, just unable to pay the attention needed t keep a high tech balance in check, show tanks become algae experiments.
I still have to build a stand and do the plumbing for the 110. The 36" T5 I was going to use as a pendant is on a smaller tank now, so I'm not sure what I'll do now, maybe something different. It'll be low tech all the way, low maintenance and self sufficient. My days of high light, CO2 and dosing are coming to an end, so I'll probably stick with T5HO for the lower wattages, efficiency and options.
I think a single MH would be ok on a 36" tank, but two would fill the corners better, if you plan on doing a U shaped scape, I'd go with two 70w MH's, or just one 150w for a center hill scape. If you don't want all the dosing, needle valve tweaking and constant trimming, and would rather sit back and relax with the tank, stick with T5 or T8. My gripe against PC is that you reach your max brightness threshold so easily with such powerful bulbs, that you end up with one or two bulbs, less options than having four or more bulbs of lower wattage. Same thing goes with MH.
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