Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Fort Collins, CO
I think you should really consider an LED fixture! They don't run as hot, last longer, and use less electricity. You can also have a manual dimmer to fine tune your light to be balanced with ferts and CO2 (assuming you'll be using CO2 with high light).
Maybe check out Build My LED, they have reasonable prices...I ordered a custom designed light from them and they have been very very helpful!
I find a glass top more appealing (it also offers some options with lighting that you wouldn't necessarily have with a hood), but its personal preference really!
What are your plans for substrate and filtering?
love my aquarium(s).
40G Breeder Tank