I live in fairly small quarters, so I tend to hate the solid stands (think pine) I actually have the standard pine stand for a 125 in my living room which I'm going to refinish one day. However it is impossible to find an open style metal stand for a 90g and I could never afford to have one made. I bought two nice, black, modern looking ones for 55g tanks from Petco last summer - a style called Manhattan, since discontinued - and I was hoping to get something similar for a 90g. The open look metal stands obviously don't look so clunky in a small room and I can put things I collect under them (mostly stuff like old pottery jugs and antlers, etc. I like the Colonial America look, and y'know big aquariums on metal stands were very popular back then)
Here's my dilemma; finally, after waiting since June, my coworker's son has decided to give me his 90g and his homemade stand. Now I haven't seen a photo of the stand yet so it might not look as bad as it sounds - lol - but according to my coworker it is extremely heavy. I'm not too fond of the thought of lots of extra unnecessary weight, and she should know what a regular stand weighs since she had a 90g herself at one time. Btw, she gave hers away, too - wish I knew her then! Also, the style of the stand is barn wood. She thinks it's gorgeous and wants it for an outdoor plant stand if I don't want it. I'm worried it looks like a Beverly Hillbillies Special - haha. We'll see, they are supposed to take a pic so I can see it on her phone.
Here's another question for you; can a filthy tank ruin the silicone seams? The reason they are getting rid of the tank is because no one wants to maintain it. I feel so sorry for the fish in it - plecos (poop machines) and others - my coworker says the water is so filthy they can't see the fish well, and it's stinking up the whole house. She says it's been like that for a while. She said that back in June too, so it has been a while. I already made the mistake last year of buying a craigslist 55g that had been saltwater - only to find after cleaning it that the seams were shot. I gave it to Goodwill and bought a new one at Petco's $1 sale rather than reseal it. Even thought this tank is free, if it turns out to be trashed I may not bother to reseal it. Being free I want to get it and see anyhow. I can get a new 75 on a metal stand for about $275 at my lfs. I don't know if that's expensive or not, but it's only 15 gallons smaller than this freebie.
Wish me luck, and if you know of anyone online that sells metal stands for 90s, let me know! (I'll be calling the lfs to see if they can order one).
edit for another question;
Since I just found out that the footprint of a 90 and a 75 is the same (only difference is height and total weight of the filled tank) do you think a metal stand advertised for a 75 (Fosters & Smith is what I've found) will hold the weight of a full 90? I could possibly make the 90 a riparium which would cut down on the weight...
Here's what I'm looking at - they say it's designed for double