To DIY or not?
I'm not happy with the light my current fixture puts out and I'll either end up buying a light or modify my current one.
My tank is a standard 15 gallon, 24" long, 12' wide. & 12" high. The light was made by Perfecto and its a single tube flourescent 18" long and 15 watts.
The tank is 1/2 to 2/3rds planted and I have 12 Red Cherry Shrimp, 6 Neon Tetras and two CPD's.
I have thought about rebuilding the light fixture to increase the light output and use two T8 or the smaller T5's.
There's a company (A&H) who sells lighting kits but the wattage (54 watt) IMO is to high for my intended use. I would like to increae it to 2-3 watts per gallon or 30 to 45 watts total. I want to grow medium to high light plants, and show off the fish better.
If I can get an increase to where I can at least grow medium light plants w/o problems I'd be happy
Can anyone suggest a company to buy lighting parts from so I can use twin bulbs. The T5's are probably the easiest because of the smaller diameter and available room.
The other way would be to modify the guts I have already so it might be able to use a longer T8 tube , however the output would be lower than what I'm looking for.
I'm open to any suggestions and ideas for DIY, OR ideas about buying a light already made up. I have looked at Coralife and SolarMax HE lights.
BTW, which company makes SOLARMAX Lights?