i like the shelves in the stand, wish i would have done that...cant wait to see the tank come together. i had a 72BF and loved it but have a 75 now. what made you decide to change?
Thanks, I cant wait either!! I decided to change for a few reasons. I bought the tank, stand, wet-dry, pump, and a 48" florescent strip for 100 bucks so I really couldn't pass up the deal, it was a good excuse for me to start a reef tank basically. Unfortunately the tank has alot of scratches in the glass, which began to bother me more and more.
In addition there is also not alot of room in the stand. I had to hack it up to fit my 20 long sump, and there is now no room for any other equipment. Lastly the stand has developed a musty smell over the past few weeks and its smelling up the house. I'm pretty sure this is because there is no paint or sealant on the inside of the stand to prevent it from absorbing water and moisture. SO on account of those things mainly the musty smell I figured it was prime time to do this upgrade.
The good thing is I will just transfer my existing light fixture, sump, skimmer, etc... and part with the tank and stand alone.
I think I might do that when I build my stand for a future 150g (the shelves)
I elected to do them like that because I was not using a front center brace and didn't want to have a big square shelf right when you open the door. I should have plenty of room to do maintenance at ease. Over all I'm pretty happy with how the shelves came out.