Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Going around in circles
Sadly the plans for the 55g tank have gone on indefinite hold for space reasons. Fortunately, there's room for a smaller tank, no more than 2' long. That presumably means a 20g (tall) tank. The problem is lighting. Stock lighting doesn't look like it's going to be enough, and none of the other options look right either. I've seen a 24" compact fluorescent fixture, but that puts out 65W. If the 100W of T5 was too much for the 55, then 65W of CF is presumably far too much for a 20g without CO2. There are also 24" T5 fixtures available, but those put out 48W, almost certainly too much as well.
Is there a happy medium somewhere?