Hello All, I have a problem.
I have a 44g corner Tank with 2 discus & 2 Bolivian Ram (and I'm thinking of adding a Bushy Nose Pleco) that I want to/am trying to make into a nice planted tank.
The problem is this; the lid has 2 light ports but they only fit the lights you would put over a 10g aquarium (roughly 20"x4" openings) So for now I have 2 18w fluorescent lights over it now for a whopping 36w, which makes for a unimpressive .81 wpg. Oh the other part is that the tank is 25" deep. As you can imagine My plants are having issues, so I figure my first problem is lighting. I eventually plan on adding CO2 as well. For the record I am trying
to keep this as low tech as possible.
So thats the problem, the question is this: What should I light the tank with? I'd like to keep the lid on the tank because of pets and child
And I'm trying to stay away from MH if I can. The options I have found are: 2 36w PCF retrokits for 1.6wpg or 1 18.5" 1x 96W CF Daylight Quad PCF retro kit. for 2.18wpg. The latter would require me to modify the hood so the 'light openings' combine to form 1 large 'light opening'. ( I could modify even more and go with 2 of the 96w Quads, for 4.36wpg, but that is starting to get un-simple )
Sorry this is so scatter brained
I should mention my plants include:
1 Amazon Sword
2 Java Fern
Multiple Clumps of Cabomba
And I'm looking for some more short plants and carpet plants.
My substrate is a gravel laterite mix, and I dose some "Leaf Zone" weekly.
Well this disaster of a post has gone on long enough, thanks in advance for your suggestions.