Drilling glass is much easier than it seems. Just be patient so you don't get ugly exits on your holes. And get more than 1 hole cutter in case you wear 1 out you have a backup. Flush the cut generously with water to keep things cool and you'll be OK.
If you need more help on glass cutting and other DIY parts of your tank, DIYFishkeepers.com has a lot of good resources for that stuff.
I finally got around to drilling the tank. Not as scary as I thought it was going to be. Just have the right tools and enough time to do it patiently.
I got the back if the tank painted and my poor wife helped me get it into place so I could at least see what it is going to look like in there. Wife thinks the canopy is too tall...I think it just looks majestic....
Haven't put the hardware on yet, but all in all I am pretty pleased how it all turned out. Don know how many hours I actually put in, but more than I would like to admit.
And I hear your wife in the background saying "I know EXACTLY how many hours and I am NOT happy!"
She was quite complimentary the whole time, an then once I put it all together the first thing she said was, "it's huge".
Tank is filled and my house is still standing! I did as much research and looking under my floor as I could and it all seemed to add up that this would be a great spot for the tank without any additional reinforcement. (Tank sits on joists running perpendicular to the floor and the joists sit directly on the foundation under the wall), but it is amazing how nervous I still felt as it was filling up and hearing the stand settle with that much weight...
I agree with the wife, it is huge But so very nice enough to be an assist to the room rather then a bad thing. Its going to look epic once its all planted.
Stocking wise I can't help much, but I like the fish you are thinking about, bigger fish make more of an impact, tried the little fish route and didn't care much for it.
Out of the three I would personally go with altums, love wild angels!! I went with Congo tetra personally, and besides the fact that they are shy as heck atm, I love them!!!!! Though if I had to switch I would take angels
I got the sump plumbing done and working. Now I just need to decide how I am going to lay things out. I need to do some fine tuning also to the sump drains. Making a bit too much noise and bubbles in the sump.
I also ordered some manzanita from mr. Barr and need to go do some rock collecting. Tho project is moving slowly due to the cost which has been good for me to work through things much slower than I want to.
I think I am going to use organic potting soil with pool filter sand as a cap. Still toying with the idea of doing DSM, which will require a different level of patience that I am not sure i have...