I was still a little unsure. I went to many goodwills and salvation army and wasn't lucky enough to pick one up. However, I later was able to make a final decision with the help of my boyfriend. My wonderful boyfriend found me a free 10 gallon fish tank. :) With the money I had saved, I invested on a 30-gallon Aquaclear filter that cycles 125 gph. I have not bought a hood yet...but might plan on buying one from Walmart. My boyfriends said they were less than $30.
Which brings to my next question, would having a hood or not make a big difference?
Once again, thank you everyone.