Replacing 30" Coralife for 29 Gallon Tank
I have a standard 29 gallon tank in my office. Over the past two years I've been lighting it with the 2x18W 30" T5NO Coralife light fixtures. I have two fixtures over the tank for a total of 4 bulbs. For the first year or so the lighting worked great. More recently I've had problems with the bulbs burning out in a matter or two or so months. I got a replacement fixture from Coralife and purchased a new fixture, but I am still having reliability issues and going through bulbs at an unsustainable rate. I'd like to switch light fixtures.
The amount of light I have right now is ideal. I can grow just about anything I want (now that my CO2 problem is fixed), but it's not such a crazy amount of light I have to do constant maintenance.
Currently, the two light fixtures are inside a slatted wood canopy, and are just an inch or so above the surface of my tank. The main criteria I have for the new lighting is it MUST fit inside the current canopy configuration - so a lot of the light fixtures with fans on both ends will not work because the hot air will not exhaust with the fixture so physically close to the canopy.
I am not afraid of DIY - I looked at the 1x55W AH Supply kit, but I'm not thrilled at the idea of a 24" light lighting a 30" tank. Would 2 X 55W fixtures staggered work, or will this be way too bright? Is there a better way to go all together?
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
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