Finally got a little time and money to work on the tank some more. Started cutting everything for the tank stand and canopy frame. The stand will be made of 2x4s with decorative wood wrapping the outside. The same applies for the top, with the exemption that the frame will be made from 1x2s instead of 2x4s. The reason being the canopy doesn't have to support 400+lbs of water and therefore I can spend less on thinner wood. The canopy will even be built in the same manner as the stand.
Fitting the frame for the canopy. Everything looks green. Tomorrow I should have time to start screwing everything together.
I've started giving thought to stocking. I'm planning to use a dirt bottom capped with pool filter sand. As far as livestock I'm thinking pygmy gouramis with large schools of Celestial Pearl Danios and Pygmy Rasboras now that I've found a LFS that sells them. I'm going to give dwarf hairgrass one more shot DSMing. I've had really bad luck with it so far, but I'm gonna try buying it from actual tanks rather than the dry packages with the gel at the bottom. I've only had luck with a few of those plants.
Last edited by Brian041; 06-12-2013 at 03:15 AM.
Reason: Added info on the stand and canopy build.