Hi All, So I decided to start this thread now because my mind is absolutely reeling. I just finished the first phase of stocking (as some of you may know) my 75 gallon but tomorrow the work on the 180 starts. Hopefully I can keep this one thread through the whole development of this tank. Feel free to pick and choose what to reply to specifically but I have lots of questions and opinion-asking to do below! So my uncle is fabulous and has a fish obsession. He originally was mostly a goldfish guy and took them to shows and all that. Now he mostly has cichlids in species-only tanks and some goldfish I think. Had 21 large tanks at one time and has scaled back to about 6. He's also an artist and just a totally creative and inventive guy who I just love. I called him about a month and a half ago with a filtration question for my 75. Over the course of several phone calls and texts he said he is making some more room for his painting and offered me one of this 180 gallon tanks. Oh my! Well I just couldn't say no, obviously, amazing, so my sweet hubby entertained me and agreed we would take it. Initial plan was for it to be in the den/basement. Safe on the foundation. 1. Fast forward. I will not be happy with that. I have a huge great room begging for decor and this would be an amazing display tank. That said, yesterday my dad and husband reinforced the floor joists and added 2 floor jacks below where the tank will be, luckily in an unfinished part of the basement. I am STILL a nervous wreck, so is my dad, and my uncle. I did call my insurance company and switched my policy to one that would cover the tank and any catastrophic event that could possibly happen to this thing but still!! Am I just nuts? Don't people do this all the time! 2. The stand. The one he has was built into his basement specifically for his floor and tank. Just by pictures alone I can tell it is not level (it's level for him because of an uneven floor). Picture below. I can't risk it. I'm buying a black cabinet stand from the semi-local fish store. It will look better with my decor too this way and I won't have to jimmy some kind of curtain around the other 2x4 stand. It's not cheap, $500. Sound reasonable when the tank itself is free? 3. Sunday we drive out to his place. We got a hotel for the night because it was a good excuse for a hotel night no kids Then Monday morning I have a moving company coming to take the tank out of his basement and place it on my flatbed trailer. My husband is worried about bouncing with the shocks or something on this thing and suggested fitting it into our 6ft bed truck. The mover/friend on this end says no way. Says the guys won't be able to lift it well into the truck bed and with the tailgate needing to be open its not safe. Says plenty of blankets and tying it down in the bouncy landscape-style trailer is fine. Thoughts? Anyone do this before? 4. I have only used HOB filters but for both appearance and the size I think I need canisters. Probably 2. I like to over filter btw. Thoughts? 5. Lastly....... Then what! Lol. I have no idea what I want in this thing. All STOCKING suggestions welcome! Maybe of help is that my water is a ph of 8.2-8.4 (I have trouble reading the kit), my KH is about 18 and my GH I would say is about 4. I have softened water but bypass it for water changes. I know cichlids would just love it so that's an obvious option but I'm not sold at all yet. I would love a species-only angelfish tank but what about that ph? I am literally open to any and all stocking lists of any kind of fish. I would really like black sand substrate, black or maybe a deep blue background (should I paint it on?) and fish that will pop against these. I am not good with live plants, love the idea but the few in my 75 are not happy with me so I don't expect this to be a planted tank. Maybe a few here and there down the line but I'm gonna concentrate my efforts on plants in the 75 first to see if I can keep them alive. Thank you everyone who looks at this!