Many freshwater fish jump out of the water every now and again, and the only thing that will keep them from getting out and dying on the floor is a hood or canopy covering their tank. A fish tank with canopy will keep the claws and hands of any respective cats and children you may have out of the water. Most new aquarium kits come with a hood; however, if yours does not, it is an essential purchase.

How to choose the right aquarium hood?

For choosing the right hood, firstly you should know your tank dimensions, the length and width of the tank are two important factors to pick the right hood. Following is the table that includes dimensions of different aquarium sizes from 2.5 to 180 gallons that you can consult.

Tank sizes Dimensions (L x W x H) Weight
2.5 gallons 12″ x 6″ x 8″ 27 lbs
5 gallons 16″ x 8″ x 10″ 62 lbs
10 gallons 20″ x 10″ x 12″ 111 lbs
15 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 12″ 170 lbs
15 gallons high 20″ x 10″ x 18″ 170 lbs
20 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 16″ 225 lbs
20 gallons long 30″ x 12″ x 12″ 225 lbs
25 gallons 24″ x 12″ x 20″ 282 lbs
29 gallons 30″ x 12″ x 18″ 330 lbs
30 gallons 36″ x 12″ x 16″ 348 lbs
40 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 16″ 458 lbs
40 gallons long 48″ x 12″ x 16″ 455 lbs
50 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 19″ 600 lbs
55 gallons 48″ x 13″ x 21″ 625 lbs
65 gallons 36″ x 18″ x 24″ 772 lbs
75 gallons 48″ x 18″ x 21″ 850 lbs
90 gallons 48″ x 18″ x 24″ 1050 lbs
125 gallons 72″ x 18″ x 21″ 1400 lbs
150 gallons 72″ x 18″ x 28″ 1800 lbs
180 gallons 72″ x 24″ x 25″ 2100 lbs

Most commercial hoods on the market today are built with an LED light, which will help to light your aquarium. If you have fish and some low demanding plants in your aquarium, a hood with white LED lighting is efficient to keep the tank run. However, if you are growing high light aquatic plants, you may need a specific planted aquarium LED light as an supplement besides the light from the hood.

Following are the best aquarium hoods with different sizes and designs for choosing based on your needs.

16-inch hoods for 5.5 gallon fish tanks

  • Deep Blue Professional hood5 star rating (5/5 by editor)Buy from Amazon.com
  • Model: Deep Blue Professional ADB31608 Standard Glass Canopy Set
  • Size: 16-inch length by 8-inch width
  • Lighting: _
  • Used for: 5.5 gallon aquarium
  • Cons: clear glass for the light to penetrate, easy to work with an external LED light fixture (NOT included), easy to modify.

 

 

20-inch hoods for 10 gallon fish tanks

 

  • Perfecto Tetra Aquarium Hood Led4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Perfecto Tetra Aquarium Hood Led
  • Size: 20-inch
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Ideal for: a 10 gallon aquarium with dimensions 20″ L x 10″ W x 12″ H
  • Cons: Hinged design for easy access to the aquarium interior, pre-drilled hoses for placing equipment (power filter, heater…), and feeding fish.

 

  • Marineland LED Light Hood4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Marineland LED Light Hood
  • Size: 20- by 10-inch
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Ideal for: a 10 gallon aquarium with dimensions 20″ L x 10″ W x 12″ H.

 

24-inch hoods for 20 gallon fish tanks

  • Aqueon LED Background Hood5 star rating (5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Aqueon LED Background Hood
  • Size: 24″
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Use: 20 gallon high tank (24″ L x 12″ W)
  • Cons: compact design, the LED fixture is carefully covered and protected from the steam from the aquarium water, easy to use.

 

  • Aqueon Versa-Top Hinged Glass Aquarium Tops4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Buy from Amazon.com
  • Model: Aqueon Versa-Top Hinged Glass Aquarium Tops
  • Size: 24-inch
  • Lighting: _
  • Use: Perfectly fit a 20 gallon fish tank (24″ L x 12″ W x 16″ H)
  • Cons: clear glass for the light to penetrate, easy to work with an external LED light fixture (NOT included), easy to modify.

 

  • Perfecto Tetra aquarium hood LED5 star rating (5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Perfecto Tetra aquarium LED hood
  • Size: 24-inch
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Ideal for: a 20 gallon aquarium with dimensions 24″ L x 12″ W x 16″ H
  • Cons: Hinged design for easy access to the aquarium interior, pre-drilled hoses for placing equipment and feeding your fish.

 

 

30-inch hoods for 20-gallon long and 29-gallon tanks

  • Aqueon LED Background Hood5 star rating (5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Aqueon LED Background Hood
  • Size: 30″
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Designed for: 30-inch tanks (20 long, 29, 37 gallon tanks)
  • Cons: compact design, a clear cover protects the LED fixture from damages caused by the steam from the aquarium water, easy to use.

 

 

36-inch hoods for 30 gallon fish tanks

  • Aqueon LED Background Hood5 star rating (5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Aqueon LED Background Hood
  • Size: 36″
  • Lighting: LED light
  • Designed for: 36-inch tanks (30 gallon aquariums)
  • Cons: compact design, the LED fixture is carefully covered and protected from the steam from the aquarium water, easy to use.

 

  • All Glass Aquarium AAG21236 Fluorescent Deluxe Hood4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: All Glass Aquarium AAG21236 Fluorescent Deluxe Hood
  • Size: 36-inch
  • Lighting: Fluorescent light
  • Used for: a 30 gallon aquarium with dimensions 36″ L x 12″ W x 16″ H.

 

  • Deep Blue Professional ADB33612 Standard Glass Canopy Set4 star rating (4/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Name: Deep Blue Professional ADB33612 Standard Glass Canopy Set
  • Size: 36-inch length by 12-inch width
  • Lighting: _
  • Best for: a 30 gallon aquarium with dimensions 36″ L x 12″ W x 16″ H.

 

48-inch hoods for 55 gallon fish tanks

  • Perfecto Manufacturing R01929 Glass Canopy Aquarium4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Perfecto Manufacturing R01929 Glass Canopy Aquarium
  • Size: 48-inch length by 13-inch width
  • Lighting: _
  • Used for: a 55 gallon aquarium with dimensions 48″ L x 13″ W x 21″ H.

 

  • Deep Blue Professional ADB34813 Standard Glass Canopy Set4.5 star rating (4.5/5 by editor)Check on Amazon.com
  • Model: Deep Blue Professional ADB34813 Standard Glass Canopy Set
  • Size: 48-inch length by 13-inch width
  • Lighting: _
  • Used for: a 55 gallon aquarium with dimensions 48″ L x 13″ W x 21″ H.