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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:

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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Hi there and welcome to the Forum!
That's a very nice stand, but $300 is a lot of money. Unless you're a hobbyist woodworker though, chances are you won't be able to make one that looks that nice. Also, in order for Perfecto (Marineland) to honer their 20 year warrantee, you have to have the tank on one of their stands. (I'm not even sure if that "rustic" stand is a Perfecto). The picture below is Perfecto's cheapest model. It is a pine stand that is available in oak stain or black paint. The price for the 48" x 18" stand varies from $150 to $180. All of Perfecto's other stands are more than $300, Although they make a nice "Sedona" series stand for about $350.

If you do end up building your own stand, make sure it is very sturdy and as flat and level as possible. Some people make stands out of 2x4's and then cover it in finished plywood. Either way, good luck!

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Nice! :thumb:
You'll like having a 120. That extra foot of length makes a big difference in how the tank looks as well as what species of fish you’ll be able to successfully keep. Nice job with the scratch and dent deal too. I always love getting a deal like that. If you’re worried about the damage affecting the overall strength of the stand, why not add some reinforcement in inconspicuous areas? You could paint any wood / hardware / bracketry that you add black so it doesn’t stand out too much.

BTW: When I read you name I keep thinking of David Breashears, the mountaineer / filmographer. Just some dumb trivia.
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