Oh great! Thank you, Jake. This is definitely not a project am going to do anytime soon. But one will slowly put together over the upcoming year.
Its good to know that these types of tanks can be done without breaking the bank with lighting and filtration.
I would also like to do a stand with it; but, something unconventional- but, sturdy. So, will take some time deciding what that would be.
That would make a nice trip to go check out AFA in San Francisco for tanks such as these. I really enjoyed looking at the stores in San Jose-- great idea!
I have gotten back in the hobby and being that I am in Oakland, CA, Aqua Forest Aqurium (and Albany Aquarium) are the best stores for planted tanks. Aqua Forest has been doing these tanks in all sorts of sizes on display. It really sold me on this design, I have seen many variations, especially with larger/shallow tanks and I felt they looked too massive and took to much consideration for lighting that what appealed to me. If you can make it out there, not only can you see a bunch of gorgeous stuff, but they have setups of many sizes (all small) that really have a nice design, but even for Aqua Forest, will not break the bank or be too imposing.
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
I have the ADA version along with the 45cm ADA tank - the 45-F. Their dimensions aren't identical but they're pretty close. Also have a couple Aquatop and other OEM tank resellers' models that I like a lot.
If you're considering one, my recommendation is to shop around. Check as many vendors as possible. See if a local shop can get the tank for you. Also check marine/reef retailers to see what they've got in terms of high-clarity tanks. AFA in San Francisco almost always has a ton of interesting tanks.
I would want a 45 F or smaller if I went this way. I kind of already described above but seeing small styles of this tank was very appealing. Having a 60p, the footprint is something where you need a dedicated stand, a dedicated place, where a 45 F (or smaller) could be placed anywhere, can really fit into any room, and still has a lot of "depth" in the look, due to the many layers in and outside of the tank. A member had a huge shallow half or quarter cube, in think 36 inch square foot print, seen it many times in person and though it fit his space very well, I don't think larger is better, depending on if you like your setup to be part of the room, or the focal point in the room. Living in the Bay Area, smaller always makes sense with the prices and cost of living, it is hard to rent or own a large space, but even if I had it, I would love one of these tanks for the kitchen or something.