I have a 29 gallon African Cichlid tank that I want to upgrade from PC lighting to T5 HO. The specs are currently: Tank dimensions: 30"x19"x12" at 29 gallons Current USA Satellite 2x65 watt Power Compact. I received much of this used setup for free, the light included. One ballast is fried and the working light is a Sunpak at 10,000k. Marineland Penguin 350 HOB Filter Marineland Stealth 250 Watt Heater 2 liter DIY CO2 with my brewing yeast. 3 Tiny Yellow Labs 1 Pleco 3 Danio minnows (starter fish that I just left in for now) The issues that I am currently experiencing with my Current hood (besides the one burned out ballast) is that it is occasionally tripping my GFI and the light penetration seems lacking in my opinion. This hood is no longer covered by any warranty so rather than replacing the ballast for ~40 bucks + a new PC light for ~40 I think that I would rather convert to T5 lighting for my tank. My tank only has a few plants (3 anubias, 4 Wisteria, and some Microsword I'm attempting to grow) so I don't believe that I need a top-tier lighting system. I am also trying to keep the price somewhere below $150 for the new setup so that my wife does not kill me.;D However another issue is complicating my decision. The previous owner had modified the hood so that it will fit within the wooden hood, resting on two shelves that are nailed to the inside. There is also a lower shelf that allows the hood to rest on the aquarium rim. The modification to the light fixture involves removing the light toggle switch and closing the circuit. You can see the holes where the switches were, below. Without removing side switches on the heatsink the fixture will NOT fit within the wooden hood. Obviously doing that modification would void any warranty that existed on the light. So outside of routing a channel to accommodate the switches, that particular mounting method for attaching a new hood is out. Here is another angle of the hood. I realize that the light is mounted extremely high but the wooden hood was built specifically for this height. The reason I know this is that there are two holes drilled on the left and right hand sides of the wooden top for the intake fan and exhaust. You can see the amount of light spilling from behind the hood here as well. Soooo, does it make sense to try and find a 30" T5 light that does not have side switches or connections or should I look at 24" setups and hang the unit from the top of the wooden hood. I was looking at these units and appreciate ANY information concerning them: 1) Current USA Nova Extreme 30" 2x24W T-5 10,000K - Freshwater: Current USA Nova Extreme 30" 2x24W T-5 10,000K - Freshwater - Lighting - T-5 Fixtures at BigalsOnline This is a really good price but I don't think it will fit unless the switches were removed. 2) Aquatic Life 2x24W T5 Linkable Light Fixture FW - 30" 2x24W T5 Linkable Light Fixture FW - 30" - Lighting - T-5 Fixtures at BigalsOnline This unit mayyyy fit without modification but I'm not sure if the location is desirable. 3) Fish Need It T-5 HO 4 x 24w 2Ft/4Bulbs fixture Would this work with the hanging kit as described above? Would it be a decent option? 4) Catalina Aquarium 24 inch SILVER SOLAR T5 HO - 2 X 24W Catalina Aquarium Plus hanging kit. Or could I get the 30" model and fit it within the wooden hood? Any info concerning the hood (or my current tank setup) is appreciated.