LOL... you guys are too much.
I do spend quite a bit of time these days either working or commuting to work and as a result I still haven't touched this project since my last update. I am going to start it back up again soon though. Truth be told, I did buy a 90 gallon reef ready tank. Ultimately, this will be a reef tank. I have my eye on a T5 fixture that should allow me to keep clams and SPS corals.
I know what you are thinking... TRAITOR! Yeah, I know. I bought a 12 gallon nano cube this last spring and put a false percula clown (Nemo), royal gramma (Purple Lady), randall's gobi (FanBoy), and pistol shrimp (Chumchum) in there along with several strains of zoos, star polyups, and xenia. The end result was a little tank that my wife and I couldn't keep our eyes off of. We have gotten so much enjoyment out of it that I decided to shift gears with this project and make it a 90 gallon reef tank. I am going to have to modify the base of the stand a bit to make more room for a sump tank, and cut some holes in the upper deck to allow for overflows, but other than that it should be easily adapted to what I have decided to do with it.
When I do get back on track, I will post pictures with explanations as I still think it might be useful for people designing their own stands. After talking with my LFS, I have about $1200 left to spend with regards to equipment, live rock, sand, etc., so it isn't going to happen anytime soon. That will give me time to finish up the stand.