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With it I had about 4in of dark area on the sides. If I use it again I will use in conjunction with a T5 bulb, for they are brighter. Now switched back to PC 65, which I got used on EBay. The bulb doesn't give off give colors so I have a life-glo sitting under on the glass.

armedbiggiet do you have a link to your tanks?
 

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Well with the bulbs 24in set in middle the plants were starting to bend 30 degrees toward the middle. Also hair algae was starting to grow. To over come this I figured that the 3 bulbs need to be staggered then it is possible that it may work. Tis something I contemplating doing when the PC bulb I have over it dies. When it dies I will set 2 under counter fixtures in the satellite fixture and a 3rd under some metal that will rest on the fixture. A power-bulb in the back towards the left side, a Zoo Med ultra towards right side, and a Life-glo in the middle front. The reflector will be metal painted white inside surrounding the outside of the light fixture.

How I wish I had just upgraded to a 24in tank. When the PC bulb dies I may swap the 29 gallon for a 25 gallon, which is 24 in. Meanwhile I am going to work on the encasing for the light system, for it will help with light system now and later. At present have 24in PC bulb and 24in Life-glow light over the tank. The plants are starting to grow upward. Still have a little hair grass thus leaving light on only 6hrs and dosing with excel daily.

Hope other diy people have learned from my error of jumping before calculating the cost etc.
 
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