Betowess, Fishmatty, Dufus, and Lucky13, thank you for your input. I tried to make it natural looking as I try to do with all my outdoor gardens here in New Hampshire. In regard to the sun, I live in NH and we are lucky if we see the sun! All kidding aside, it is in a northeast window and only gets deflected sun for an hour or so in the very early morning. So far, so good, but thanks for the heads up. In regard to its size, it sure is big, it now is even bigger than all my speakers and audio set up as well as the widescreen TV! I even had to cut the hood in half and install a piano hinge so I can flip half the hood back over on top of the back half. I can work the whole tank without taking the hood off. Thank goodness, as my wife and I together could barely get it up there. It works great with the piano hinge and the fact that the hood is 15 inches high turned out to be a bonus because it is tall enough for me to access the tank. I do have to remember to turn the Metal Halide bulb off as when I was getting a haircut the girl who cuts my hair wanted to know what happened to some of my hair in the front. She said it looked like someone had cut off a big chunk of hair. I was mystified until I realized I had heard a slight burning sound and felt some heat when I stuck my head under the MH bulb! I leave the compact fluorescents on so I can see, though. The tank and stand fit the room pretty well as it has heavy leather furniture, black TV, black speakers, Black AV tower cabinet, and a lot of book cases.