I'm setting up a 36 gallon bowfront right now, too. Looks like the same tank. The light that came in the hood is only 20 Watts, regular flourescent. I like to have at least one watt per gallon, so I ordered a Coralife fixture from BigAlsOnline.ca It has 2 18 Watt T5 bulbs in it, one at 6500 K and one at 10,000 K.
I am wondering the same thing -- is it going to fit on my tank? I will let you know as soon as it arrives. If you send me a PM, I will be able to send you the information when the light arrives next week. Otherwise, I will forget which thread this is, once it has dropped off the opening page!
However, I think that some pet stores (like Petcetera) sell a double strip light fixture that is the same size as the single strip. Is your light strip removable from the hood? (Mine is, it sits on a strip of glass) If so, you might be able to get the double light strip from Petcetera. It costs less than the Coralife fixture. All of these things are much cheaper in the States, too, than in Canada.
I have an Aquaclear 70 running on my tank, but so far no tank inhabitants or plants. The Aquaclear 70 is somewhat noisy. If you find that your filtration is inadequate, you can always add a sponge filter later.
Maybe I should take some pics and start a journal, too. Thanks for the inspiration.