Hi Guys and gals,
New here and did a search already for DIY lighting options and found the sponsored artical about lighting for HO(like I'm looking to obtain).
Problem was it seems really outdated as the artical writers prospective was that HomeDepot and such had everything I needed with his opinion of best solution using T12.
After about 10 differents stops to all the different Depots, Lowes, OSH, lighting Wholesalers in my area, they all stated! T12 is being phased out and obsolete except for sign companies.
So, on to the advice being requested.....
55gal tank newb
with established substrate, looking for DIY lighting for strong growth and a Co2 setup. Co2 already covered.
where to get supplies?(92708 zip)
what lighting will be enough and lowes cost over time?(T5 or T8?----- Pro's vs. Con's?) I want 3W per gallon...
what type of fixture will be needed?(prefer already made/no wiring needed)
problems with the hood for mounting is split lifting lid.(back half fixed/front half lifts)
inside dinensions of lid are....
10" width(lifting section) x 48" lingth x 4-1/2 tall(to surface of water)
5-1/2" width(fixed) x48 x4-1/2"
so again, if you were me and wanted to keep cost to min, never have to re-do, and wanted a heavy planted tank with a Co2 setup, what whould you do for DIY???
Thanks so much in advance!....Please keep it simple on the replys....like you were talking to a 2yr old...no abreveations please...I dont know them.