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Hello All,

I'm new to the site. Great site, btw! I am getting back into aquariums after a 12 year hiatus.. :oops:

I'm looking at Petsmart locally and think I've decided on a Marineland 75 gal. aquarium. It's the wider 21" profile, so lots of good water surface. I've already ordered the Marineland C-360 per the great reviews on this site and am also going to hand a Marineland Penguin 200 for added filtration.

There's a question in here I promise! LOL. I've been reading on here and have been looking at some local stores, but haven't decided if I want to undertake the task of building my own stand, or I'd just rather buy one and be done with it. The only prefab model that I'm vaguely interested in is a "Rustic 55/75" that Petsmart has. Here's a link:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753253

Let me know your opinions on this stand and about building your own stand for one of these 75 gallon tanks. All help is GREATLY appreciated.
 

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I'm in the same market for a 75g myself for a new oscar that fell in my lap. I am stuck with pestmart as my main place of purchase as there are no decent lfs's in the area.

I've been shopping stands myself and I have come to the conclusion that I may have to build. I want to run a 29g tank as a sump under the 75, and the various prefab stands out there for 75 gallon tanks seem to be made by mashing two smaller stands together. They have left and right side compartments and don't leave a lot of room for equipment below the tank.

I'm not terribly handy, so I've been looking at some plans online rather than trying to draft them myself, and for something that looks nice (like furniture) I'm going to be spending close to $200 - $300 on materials and hardware.

So in my opinion, if you like the rustic stand and think there is enough room below for your filters and plumbing, skip the building - you won't save a lot of money if appearance matters to you. If you're handy with a saw and want room to have options down the line you may look at something custom.
 
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