I am looking for two new lights with some simple requirments for my 125 long tank.
- 6 foot
- 2 bulb
I don't want LED & prefer not to use the expensive specialty lights just for aquariums, they're unnecessary for my needs and are HOT when in use. I've used basic 4ft shop lights forever and they work perfect. I need to cut down on how many are plugged in (4 currently). =0
Not something I have looked for or considered as 4 ft is the more standard for plug in types. They tend to set it off into the hobby/ homeowner where the shorter is the norm? Is this something you have looked for in a search?
Sorry, no help beyond that idea.
Run the General electric 6500k for your base bulbs, and maybe some specialty aquarium stuff to change up the growth or looks a bit.
I would be inclined to do a pair of 48" fixture and have them overlap in the middle, and have less light at the sides, so that you can run all the same length bulbs and keep things simple. If you can get away with it a single two or four bulb 48" fixture can work if you don't mind less light at the ends.
Hydroponics and horticulture stuff that is meant for professional use tend to be surprisingly affordable, and tend to be pretty well made and long lasting in my experience. If you must stay fluorescent that's where I'd look.
It seems that fluorescent and gas-discharge lighting in general are in the waning period of efficacy and popularity, so I would be seriously considering going LED. Even T5 bulbs lose a good bit of their benefit if you aren't swapping the bulbs out as regularly as you should. I turned my back on fluorescent and halide years ago, and have never found a compelling reason to ever look back...