12-21-2004, 05:52 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
I have this setup on my 55 gallon tank, somewhat at least. I bought 2 fixtures at home depot for 21 dollars. They hold 2 48 inch t12 bulbs. I have them right next to each other mounted on my tank lid. They put out a lot of light. I added two smaller 20 inch tubes that came with my tank over the back of the tank so I can see what im doing when im working in my tank, but it is also a little extra light. About 2 or 3 months after having the fixtures the ballast in each one went out. I ended up buying 2 ballast that are for a 4 light fixture did the overdriven mod to them. It gives off a ton more light. I have enough light to grow any kind of plant. Its well over 200 watts of light. I will take some pictures of my setup as soon as I get a little free time, work is killing me because of xmas. Also for a better reflector you can strip the paint off the reflectos and spray paint them with some mirror spray paint. I plan on spraying the entire inside of my hood with that spray paint along with the reflectors. You could also use metal halide lights you find at home depot. I was going to use them originally. I was going to get 3 or 4 metal halide flood lights but I figured the 48 inch tubes would be better.