Replacing an Eclipse hood
Someone gave me a 30T acrylic tank with an Eclipse hood. However, the filter gave me problems; several times the filter compartment overflowed an dumped at least a gallon onto the carpet before I noticed. There is no way to lessen the flow, so I had to shut down the filter. Soon after, bad problems developed with the water chemistry, so today I bought an old standby, a Whisper filter that hangs on the back. The problem is, now the hood no longer fits! In any case, I want to increase the light to the tank - right now I can only give my plants 1 watt per gallon.
Bearing in mind it's an acrylic tank, I am soliciting suggestions. What cover should the tank have, and what type of light? I know to use fluorescent lighting, the heat from incandescents would harm the tank. I would like to achieve 60 watts total, would settle for 45. Money *is* a problem.
Thanks in advance for any serious advice.