I could really use your expert guidance for the 180 gallon I am setting up. I will try to keep my initial post short.
Can anyone here offer some guidance?
It looks like a custom build costs the same as the highest end shelf solutions and I cant say they would compare on looks...
For a tank that size there are other options for you to consider.
There's florescent induction light.
I know of only one company producing fluorescent induction lighting for aquaria. http://www.inda-gro.com/
And there's plasma lighting.
The tank on the right is using Chameleon's plasma light.