All individual components mounted up inside the canopy.
But really any fixture would do. Biggest difference is individual reflectors (more PAR) or one large reflector.
But here is the thing. With a shallow tank, T5 will be quite strong.
What size tank is this and what are the goals? Are you going high tech?? If so, welcome aboard.
Actually, no, not going high tech. I would, but all my tanks have discus or expensive fish that I do not want to be risking with my lack of knowledge of technology, complex water chemistry ( Im talking about fertilization and adjustments- this is complex to me), and Co2.
Edit: this tank is a 30 gallon. But, I have 2 -30 gallons that I would like to revert back to T5. Each tank has a discus breeding pair.
This light is probably just too powerful for a low-tech tank.
My goal for this tank is really to be able to grow low-medium light plants. But, I really miss the beautiful colors that I used to be able to bring out in my fish with the strip lights/lamps that I used to use. It appears that using LED, you can grow plants better, but compromise the beauty of your fish. Well, that isn't true is it? Your plants and fish both are beautiful under the T5.
I started using LED 2 years ago when set up the 180 gallon. I left the choice of lights up to my husband because he wanted to "upgrade" my filters, lights, etc...
I went from HOB filters to canister filters and T5's to LEDS. The canister filters I can see the benefits. The lights- you need to be able to work with adjusting them, playing with them...
He is pretty good with most technology, but not necessarily these lights that have been put on all my tanks.