09-29-2005, 05:34 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Leverett, Mass
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I would go with a 2x9watt pc retrofit or a kit like this..... http://www.hellolights.com/14nanretkit.html
5.5s are very hard to light due to their 16" length. The standard AGA flourescent hood is not very bright adn woul dbe suitable for only moss and anubias. Microsorium sp did not even dp very well with that lighting. What do you plan on doing plant wise?
I have a 5.5 with a standard incandescent hood. I discovered when I was tearing it apart(I generally end up tearing things apart to see if I can make them better, just my nature. My parents never had an functioning clocks when I was a kid) that the actual light socket, located on the right hand side and capable of holding 1 screw in incandescent/flourescent bulb, was actually a double socket fixture, capable of holding 2 said bulbs if one relocates the socket fixture to the middle of the hood. Slight modifications are necessary for this, a little plastic rib needs to be trimmed away and a hole drilled in the top of the hood for the switch/socket holder, to attach to. All in all it is very simple and easy to understand as soon as you pull it apart, just like a rewiring a regular house light/ desk lamp. I use 2, 7watt screw in PC's (from walmart fish section, made for aquariums, 6700k spectrum. They are plenty bright with a good color adn only $4 each) in this fixture and it is almost enough light to need CO2. It is really enough light to grow most plants.