So a few weeks ago I started building the stand. I was going to take pictures during the process but it already ended up taking longer than I had expected, so there are no pictures.
After some time away from it, I finally got around to moving furniture around and setting up the stand, placing the tank on top and hanging the light fixture. And here it is:
Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. The tank is sitting on an yoga mat cut to size. The light bar is made of 1/2" conduit bent at about 20 degrees, then a 90 degree bend. I did not do two 90 degree bends because I needed to offset the hanging of the fixture to center it over the tank. This is because the sundial fixture is not meant for hanging and I had to improvise.
I installed hooks on the inside of the door for hanging maintenance tools. Right now, the stand is just full of all the equipment. I'm not setting it up yet because I'm still waiting for more rocks for the hardscape. I did manage to get a few rocks, but I want more. Here's a shot of the ones I have so far. I really like them.
This is pagoda rock. I intend to go back to the LFS where i got them in a week or two to see if they have more selection, and hopefully get what I need to do a nice hardscape.
I also have some UG and am currently growing it emersed in preparation for initial planting. It's all very exciting! Hopefully, I can update this thread again soon, but the way things look, I probably won't get to it again until mid May cause exams are coming up!