So after alot of thought and quite frankly SEVERE frustration, I am down grading my light fixture. Current I have the:
Aquatic Life 48" 4-Lamp 4 x 54W T5 HO Light Fixture
I love the idea of this fixture, but at 48" it was too long for the tank and consequently it sat directly on the frame of the tank, over hanging several inches on each end. I also had a constant battle with algae, no matter how many bulbs operated and whether or not I ran CO2 and EI dry ferts. So I am getting ready to reset my tank and have found a different fixture. Here is what I have found and hope will work:
Coralife Aqualight T5HO Dual Lamp Fixture
Comes with 10,000K Daylight Bulb and
1 Actinic Bulb
(I replaced with a 6500k daylight bulb)
I also purchased a
Marineland® Hidden LED Lighting System with
.06 watt 6,500K White LEDs & 460nm Blue Actinic LEDs.
I really bought the LED's because it has moon lights, which my 48 in fixture has and I enjoy.
My tank dimensions are
48"LX22"WX25"H- Its a CORNER BOW FRONT
The coralife fixture sits on feet approx 2-3 inches above the tank. Is this new fixture sufficient? Is there enough PAR?
This is the tank with the new fixture up and running along with the LED light bar on.