thanks Hoppy! i'll give that a try. i currently have it 2 inches above the top of the tank (drystart). i plan to fill the tank up as soon as the filter comes in. so i'll probably try raising it up to 7.5 inches above the tank.If that is two 55 watt PC bulbs in AH Supply reflectors, raising it about 8 inches would reduce the light down to a reasonable high level. Any other manufacturers fixture would probably give you less light, so it might even be alright where it is. If you had that fixture hanging about 8 inches above the top of the tank it should give you plenty of light for those plants.