Basically I have been getting equipment together for a 55 gal tank. I originally wanted to have pressurized CO2, but have run out of money. So then, I thought that I would dabble in the non-CO2 method until I can afford a CO2 system. Unfortunately I have already bought my lights and they are too high of wattage (evaluated in a previous thread by Mr. Barr). I have 130w of pc's, giving me 2.4 w/gal. So my question is:
Can I just block out some of the light? What is the best way to do this?
Would it work if I just put some masking tape strips on the glass top covering the tank? So if I block out around 37% that will bring me down to 1.5 w/gal right?
Anybody have any experience with this?
There are only 2 bulbs (one on each side) so unplugging a bulb is probably not an option. Also I don't want to go buy a shop light fixture either. I can imagine the crap my wife would give me after spending $125 on lights if I needed to replace them with a $30 shoplight fixture....