I have been struggling with lighting choices for my hex. Maybe you can help! I want to keep a pair of sea horses with the option of growing some macro-algae or low-light corals like shrooms. The challenge is the odd size. I have 13.5 x 5 inches to work with. I want the light to be strong enough, but not a torch, since corals are not the primary objective. So this is what I have come up with so far: ^^ Sealight fixture: (1) 9W 7100K (1) 13W 5000K, 8.5" x 4.5" $55 http://www.marinedepot.com/a_lt_pc_csl.asp ^^ Metal Lighthouse: 2x13 Watt Power Compact Bulbs (1) 6500k daylight, (1) blue It measures about 9" long x 4 3/4" wide x 2 3/4" high. $35 ($60 woodgrain) http://www.petsupplyliquidator.com/htm/aprod_hood_metallighthouse.htm ^^^ Hamilton Technology 13.5'' RETROFIT 2 PC COMPACT FL 28W - PC KIT Features: 1 - 28 watt PC compact 6700K, 1 - 28 watt PC compact 7100K Blue, High quality polished aluminum reflector, Dimensions: L13.5"xW5"xH2" $116 The Hamilton gives me the most flexibility but it just fits, without a hood. Which means I would have to make one. Plus it is the closest to the 'torch' I am trying to avoid. I am tempted to get it and see though. Thanks to Wrassman, the Lighthouse from pet supply is really nice and I really like it. But the watts are a bit low if you do the math and you control both lamps with one switch. But I still think it's hard to beat for the price. If money and sanity were not involved, a 70w halide would be pretty cool. [smiley=stars.gif] So what should I do??