1. Really gross.
2. I would probably use hydrogen peroxide
. Others would use chlorine bleach (make sure it has not perfumes or additives).
3. I'm not sure what a "pipe-shelf style stand" is, but I think the design would determine whether it will hold the 250-300 lbs. tank.
4. Dragging a 180 lb. piece of furniture across the floor will give you a good excuse to refinsh the floor, or put down new flooring.
5. You went for milk and found a $150 bargain tank that is now going to cost you a small fortune to outfit.
I recently put together a 30 gal. 36x12x16" tank and ended up with:
Fluval 206 External Canister Filter
Hydor ETH 200 In-Line (UL) Aquarium Heater
Finnex Max-300 Digital Aquarium Heater Controller
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002APMU6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00 for Aquarium looks good and has the right grain size for plants.
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 Aquarium LED, 36 Inch
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064GZPU4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00 — to raise KH
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002A5WQA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 — to raise GH
GLA PRO CO2 System from Green Leaf Aquariums
— It should arrive Monday.
PPS-Pro Aquarium Fertilizer
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Of the plants I bought, the ones I like best are:
Anubias barteri var nana petite