06-28-2008, 10:47 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
| | Re: 30g planted light
Probably the best solution would be a T-8 fixture with two 30w ~36 inch bulbs. Like T5's, they will run cooler and last longer than PC bulbs and would cover the entire length of the tank.
I may wind up doing that myself depending on how the Current fixture does with the new set up, that would be 2 WPG, and there wouldn't be any worry about the light being "concentrated" in any one area. It would also be much cheaper to maintain. You could also mix bulb colors for the most pleasing look. Only thing, aren't most 36" bulbs 25 watts? I do know that there are some T8's that say 30watts, but aren't a majority marked 25? Just 10 watts difference total, so it may be negligible, but I am also newer to planted tanks so not certain on that. Look forward to hearing what you (sean-820) think you will go with and your results.