Description: Dec 05 - installed new lighting in the Canopy. I have 2 X 30wt blue actinic and 2 X 30wt Aqua Flora Plus and 1 X 30wt Color Intensifier. I played around with a variety of lamps from different manufacturers and the Quantum Aquatics "Lightning Rods" Superlux (only sold at Big Al's) were by far the best lamps. I used regular T8 electronic ballasts (32wt).
Feb 06 update: total re-aquascaping. Removed the old lava rock and went with large basalt stones. In a big tank larger stones look proportionately better.
Nov 07 update: Gone full circle....went from a mixed hap/peacock/mbuna setup to an all hap/peacock setup and now we are back to a mix again, but "mostly Mbuna" of the mildy aggressive nature and the few peacocks and haps seem to have no problem with it. The key is to use only large rocks and have no caves to keep territorial aggression to a minimum. Plastic plants work for me.
Hope you enjoy it.
Advice: Avoid impulsively purchasing fish. Do your research prior to introducing a new fish. Quarantine first if possible. Choose less aggressive and more peaceful species.