Thanks for the response Hoppy.
Since the tank is in a smallish living room, I want the light to be sitting on the glass (or enclosed) so that I don't have light spilling out as an annoyance. I know this will have adverse consequences in terms of light distribution, but I'm going to have to deal with it.
I don't think I can fit 3 bulbs within my parameters. How would a 1x55 + 1x36 do? Or a 2x55?
On another note, would you recommend a T5HO setup?
If so, do any of the ebay vendors sell decent products? I saw someone selling Odyssea setups on the cheap. My guess is that they probably are cheap.
My only other experience was with a straightforward 55 gallon with pressurized co2 and an AH 2x55 kit. This tank makes for a goofy setup.
Any other recommendations that don't involve pendant or otherwise elevated lighting would be appreciated.