I got this used 220-gallon tank (dimensions 72"x24"x30") with cabinet stand and canopy from a local hobbyist. The canopy has a couple of T8 lights, and they are going to be replaced with T5HO lights. The blue background will be scraped off, and it will be repainted into black color.
Last edited by aqua-botanicae; 12-20-2013 at 06:46 PM.
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Wow!! What a tank. It may take a year to finish it.
Assume since you are upgrading the lights that it is going to be a planted tank? Dimensions 5' by 3' by 2'? What substrate are you going to use?
Being a penny pincher I think river sand from a landscaper would be the cheapest and easiest to maintain. The color is brown thus it doesn't show debris as white sand does.
You could easily do a 3D background in it. Seen a lot of them in the Cichlid forum. They mainly use foam sheets, ceramic and drylock to seal it so that it doesn't drastically affect the water parameters.