They were charging $25?! That's way too expensive. Have you looked around at other places? The lfs
(besides Petco or Petsmart?) Our 150 gal
tank came with 2 glass hoods, but they were selling them for something like $15 at the lfs
. Just a thought. If you can't get them cheaper elsewhere, then I'd say go with the lighting. And it's true, the bulbs for a 48 inch strip are practically the same price as the smaller ones.