That will definitely work better. I have been keeping the cover because I don't want to have a raised light that illuminates some the room and not just the fish tank. That would be fine in most of our house, but not in our living room where the tank is. When someone sits on the sofa a light with no lid shines directly into their eyes.Nice but i will be running an AI prime 16 hd with a mess top. Not a fan of the cover look.