I'm planning on purchasing 26 gallon long acrylic tank. The top is also enclosed in acrylic with holes to do simple maintenace and such. I'm interested in turning it into a planted tank and i'm aiming for 2.5-3 Watt per gallon. The hood fixture that comes with it just sits on top of the acrylic and only houses one bulb. I've never had an acrylic tank this size before. Here are my questions:
1) If I were to get the bulb or fixture that deliver the wattage I wanted, would that melt or affect the acrylic top? If so, then what can i do to avoid it?
2) Any suggestions on how I can get the wattage I needed cheapest/easiest way possible?
3) One other thing, is it safe to use flourescent bulbs with an incandescent fixture?
I'm still new at this, please excuse my general descriptions. :? Thanks so much in advance.