I just don't want to spend that kind of money on lighting for a FO tank. I may decide to go reef in the future so getting some fixtures I could add to would be ideal. I like the idea of a nice clean fixture like this since it can just lay on the tank and be concealed with the hood I will build. Any recommendations on fixtures?
If you are going to build a canopy for your tank anyway i would skip the fixture and go for retrofit lights. As for your canopy and idea so it isn't a pain i drew up a picture because it will be better then trying to explain.
If you up a lid on the canopy like that you should be able to do most of the work you need to in the tank with out removing the lid. Then just attach a couple of T-5s to the brackets hanging down from the lid like these...
48" 2 x 54w T5 HO Retrofit Kit - 48254
Then if you want to add later for when (yes when we all see the signs on a fellow addict. "hi my name is pat and i am a SW
addict") you add coral you can just buy another 2 or 4 bulb T-5 retro kit and put them in there as well.