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· Fresh Fish Freak
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I like option 3 best for good coverage. If you're handy with electrical wiring (which I'm not LOL) then you might also consider putting the first two bulbs on a different switch from the 2nd 2 bulbs. This would give you LOTS of flexibility with your lighting/photoperiods- that flexibility can really help if you should run into algae issues and need to dial down lighting versus not want to lose viewing time.

Stick some decent reflectors behind them and you should have enough light to work with for a pretty nice low tech setup.

Have you considered the T5NOs rather than T8s? You can get those pretty cheap at either HD or Lowes, too.
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