I guess you were hoping for a comment from the zoo med folks?
i bet if you had the lig hanging above your tank instead of right on top of it
you would have a brighter, more spread out look like you are wanting
Wow, that's extremely dark, i'm glad I found this post before buying new lights. It looks like it would be good for a decorative style theme tank but that's about it.
Thanks for posting your pictures, they're very helpful! Also, sorry about the lighting, massive bummer.