Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
Tonight, if I can find my card-reader, so I can upload the pics, I will post a DIY tech guide on how to retrofit the bulb/reflector from the Home Depot desklamp right inside your stock hood. I have one of the same tanks, and I used the Home Depot desklamp VERY successfully for about 6 months... then I had to cat-proof all of my tanks, which forced me to abandon the open-top look (which is DEFINITELY the best idea for this tank, if you can swing it, or if your cats are well-behaved unlike mine), so I took the desklamp apart and fixed it to the stock hood.
It came out better than I expected. I'll do everything in my power to upload it tonight. Stay tuned.
*edit-- what brohawk said is not necesarily true. There is nothing wrong with the hood, ESPECIALLY if you need to keep the tank looking good while being closed-topped. It's almost as if he's not aware that the filter assembly is a separate unit from the hood. All I did was removed it and replaced it with a Red Sea nano filter. But the stock lighting that came IN the hood, that's another story. It blows.