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Ok, this is my first post (excluding my intro post). Just so you know, I've combed through this lighting forum for a bit and have read some very useful threads. With that said, here's my question. I have a 46 gallow Bowfron tank which is 36" long. I want to set it up as a planted tank and am looking for the best T4HO light (unless someone recommends a different type). I must confess, I really like the Hagen T5 GLO (http://www.hagen.com/uk/aquatic/glo/GLOT5_LightProg2_EN.cfm_ however it only produces 78W of lighting. Going with 3 wpg, I need at least 138 wpg. Therefore I'm looking at the Nova Extreme 4x39W Light (http://www.aquaticexchange.com/product_info.php?cPath=254_301_417_333&products_id=441).

Does anyone have any recommendations? Another important factore to me is quietness. My tank is in my living room near my home theater (no other place to put it).

Also, just throwing this one out here too...I read this is a good CF (http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_viewItem~idProduct~CU01128~tab~4.html). It is a lot cheaper though quality and a good long term investment mean more to me. Thank you for all your help.
 

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Ok, I think the Tek lights would be nice but a bit too high for my price range. To be perfectly honest, I am having a hard time convincing myself to spend more than $100. For this price or a bit less I can get a 2x39W T-5 light with individual reflectors (my current favored light) or a 1x96W Compact Fluorescent light with or without a lunar light.

I've been reading around and some people say a 39W T-5 is not equal to a 39W Compact Fluorescent or regular fluorescent light. Does anyone agree/disagree with this? Would the 2x39W T-5 be enough for a 46 Gallon Bowfront (approx 12 x 36)?

I am looking for medium lighting and plan to use easy growing and easy avaliable plants. Nothing too fancy. Any help/advice would greatly be appreciated, especially links to other really good lights. Also, if I had to spend more I could get a 4x39X T-5 however I'd ideally like to keep my cost down and that would be more than twice the 2x39W. Thank you.
 
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