I've been wanting to do a 55-gal or larger tank for a long time. I made an impulse buy instead of researching for months before i usually buy something, but Petco had a good deal on a complete 60-gallon Marineland setup with hood and stand for $260. The tank is very well made (3/8" glass) so i'm happy with that. I knew i'd be trashing the hood/lights for something better, but the stand is a disappointment.
Here's the tank/stand if you are wondering
The stand is particle board, and rests on the floor on 3 sides. The front is open as you can see
I have not filled the tank yet (my dual emperor 400's just showed up yesterday), but in setting it up in its new location and checking for level/straighness, i'd discovered the tank basically is supported by the stand on the two short sides, and the back. The front has a gap. The entire front face of this stand does not carry any weight of the tank. If i put my finger on the front of the stand top and press down, i can easily push it down far enough to put a quarter or two under the tank. A CD can side under the front of the tank and run to within 6" of each edge. The entire front of the stand is loose pretty much.
This is where the engineer side of me is sometimes too cautious. In researching this tank (should have done it first, not after), i'd come across two failures on the front glass in almost a sort of U-shape. Now with the stand not supporting the front face of the tank, i can see these failures being the result. Now i'm worried if i fill this tank with the front face not supported properly, i will have a failure myself
So needless to say i'm not happy about this setup. I love the tank and it's 3/8" thick glass, but if I'm already debating a brand new stand (and need new lights/hood anyway) then I might as well return it, get my $$ back and buy just a 55/75 gallon tank alone and buy my own stand/lights that I trust. To be honest I'd think i'd prefer a tank with depth. 12" is just not wide enough IMHO.
Reason for my paranoia is this tank will be on a 3rd floor condo, so i need to trust it 100%. Right now..i don't.