Ive aquired a 30 gallon tank (L35" W14" H12") and have been inspired by the subtropical terrarium in 'the savage garden' p42. I would like to grow mostly subtropical sundews, mexican subtropical/temperate pings and subtropical terrestrial utrics. They would be grown in individual saucers, and I will be fitting mylar to all sides.
Q1. I have a b&q nearby that sell these and was planning on using four of them on two dual tube T8 light fixtures (possibly using 3 cool and 1 warm white). Will this lighting suffice? And are these lights T8, as I couldnt see it written anywhere?
Q2. The tank currently has no lid on top. I was thinking of turning it on its side so I could lay the lights over one of the glass side walls (possibly also on a little wood to reduce heat conduction). Does this make sense? This would also alow me to create and attach a reflective flap on the now open side so I can easily access the plants and have more light relection when the tank is not being viewed. Good/bad idea?
Q3. Does everyone reconnect the ballasts in their light fixture as shown here? It seems complicated, but if it is neccessary then I will find someone who knows more about electrics than me.
Q4. Is it likely I will need a fan for air circulation?
Ive done tonnes of research now on terraria and am just after some clarification. Thanks for reading, it is much appreciated.