I am new to this hobby and sold myself sort on lighting. Thankfully, I have not done much more than set the tank up and begin to stock live rock.
I bought a T5 lighting unit which rates 108 watts. I have a 55 gallon (48x18x13) and want to do corals, LR and fish. I have the following questions:
1 . Any suggestions on how to proceed with improving lights?
I would love to not have the unit I bought be a wash and use it somehow, but not sure the best way.
2 . I have read that in using the 4-6 watts per gallon rule that you consider displacement by substrate and LR...is this true? Is a 55 gallon really only figured as if it were a 45-50 gallon?
3. Without going the route of MH, how much wattage and what type of fixtures would anyone reccomend?
I look forward to learning from the experts here!