**If you want to avoid the intro fluff, skip down to the ******* :-)
I'm an old reefer that now wants a planted tank. The wife has a bad taste in her mouth from all the money (and time) I spent with the reef setup. BUT, I still have all my lights and whatnot so I shouldn't have to spend money on all that! So, let's get it out of the way and say money is an issue here. :-/
I've always kicked myself for not starting a build thread or tank journal or whatever they're called so here I go. I'm truly in the very beginning of setting this up. I'll add pictures and everything as I go, maybe a first picture tonight?? I know I appreciate pictures in threads so I'll try to get mine up regularly!
This is going to be a 6' 125 gallon tank. I'm currently leak testing the tank outside and cleaning it up from being in my garage for a few years. The current decisions I'm trying to plan for are below. ANY feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
I can't decide whether to spend the money on blasting sand (looks like it would be close to $100 for what I need (200 pounds for my tank)) or to use this (this is a link :-)
oil dry product from Napa that I've used for bonsai stuff in the past. It's basically a coarse diatomaceous earth absorbent. The oil dry is definitely more economical but I love the black of the blasting sand. Are there benefits to one over the other as far as anything other than aesthetics is concerned?
Okay, this is going to sound really tacky but some help is really needed. After years of salt abuse, my old stand wasn't worth saving. I can't buy one but I could build one. I'd rather not spend the money on lumber though. I need an option for a stand that is very cheap/free and won't tacky up the room it's in. This is a horrible idea but the only thing I can think of is to put some cinder blocks down, put wood 2x8's on top of the blocks, and the tank on top of the 2x8's. Maybe I could get some fabric to drape over the wood and blocks under the tank??? The more I type, the more I realize I just need to build a stand. If anyone can save me from needing to do this, I'd appreciate it!
I'll leave it at that for now. There's more but I don't want to bore you guys even more!! I'll add it later, thanks for coming along!!