I am setting up a planted tank and ran into a snag. The tank is a 55 gal
and the current hood has 2-15 watt bulbs. Since this is not enough light for a 55 gal
, I had read about the compact fluorescent kits and have decided that 2-55 watts should do the trick. This brings me to my problem, I would like to keep the hood I have, which is the average plastic hood you get with the tank from petsmart. The problem is that I'm not sure if the lights will be running to hot for the hood to handle. I was planning on setting up one 55 watt on each side of the tank replacing the 15 watt. I was going to build my own housing for the light to sit where the old light strips sat. Is there anyway that I could use my old hood? If not, is there any lighting solution that I can do to use my old hood to get the recommended wattage? And if I'm stuck getting rid of the hood, what kind of replacement hood would work best? I thank you in advance for any responses.