That darn fish bug bites hard! I have always loved Aquascapes. The opportunity came recently when a free 29 gallon set up fell in my lap. It is not the best stand/tank, but free makes it better!
It is an oak veneer. The tank was very dirty, lots of algae, and came with everything. Learning about HOB filters, I wanted to replace the HOB I had (pelican 200) that was super nasty with an AquaClear 70. The flourecent light fixture is ok, but the bulb is lacking and needs replaced. I ordered an LED light from amazon, el cheapo. Don't ask me what the pars are, kalvin ETC! It got descent reviews so I took a chance. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Here is the tank when I went to pick it up prior to draining.
I replaced all the seals and currently leak testing. Tossed in my Ohko Stones to soak and loosen some of the clay. Will blast them tomorrow and drain/clean the tank when it passes.
The guy at my LFS was kind enough to let me layout my tank measurements and even hold some rocks up so I can see what basic layout will look like, good dude.
I "plan" on using Monte Carlo to carpet and using the dry start method. 6-8 weeks is nothing when I think about the small tweaks I will be able to make to the layout while I'm waiting for it to take off.
Background will be painted black.
Ill post updates to original post as they come and weekly when the plants go in.