After discovering some cracking in my 6 gallon eclipse, I decided to move up in size.
Purchased a 7 gallon AGA Bowfront this weekend, and today I finished modifying it to suit my purposes. As soon as my plants come in from AquaBotanic (Robert, where are you?!) I'll have everything setup and ready for some fishies.
I'm running an AquaClear mini for a filter (much to the recommendation of people here, thanks much!) Ebo-Jäger 50W heater, Eco-complete substrate (one full bag) and that's the easy stuff.
I spent the better part of the last day or two modifying the hood to fit in my 2x13watt AHsupply bulb and reflector. This might be of some interest to people, so I'll post these pics for now.
I gutted out the hood, covered the interior with aluminum tape used for duct-work, used a dremel tool to make things all nice and flat on the inside (got rid of the screw posts) and then put in the lights and hood.
Because of temperature concerns with such a setup (and 80+ degrees in my old eclipse) I installed a small computer fan into the hood as well. It's a little noisy now, but I am going to run in a potentometer to turn down the voltage a bit and make the fan run at a little slower speed. I used a RadioShack 12V AC/DC converter, and connected it to a 1.5"x1.5" fan (part# 272-240)
I also added in an LED Moonlight as you will be able to see in the center of the hood. I used a RadioShack Blue LED (5mm, 2600mcd, 3.7Vf, 20mA), a 6V AC/DC converter and a 100ohm resistor -- soldered it all together and heat-shrinked the tube. It casts a nice soft glow over everything, and a bit of a spotlight in the left side of my tank, which I like.
Here's a pic of the tank itself (half full, with my Windelov Java Fern and the heater just sitting there because I need to keep the water warm)
3 Pics of the hood itself:
And now a pic for the Moonlight - it's not nearly bright enough in the pic, but you get somewhat of the idea.
Feel free to ask questions on how I did things, I'll try to respond the best I can! More pics to come as soon as I get the rest of my plants in!