Taking the plunge! After a lot of research, reading of this forum, visits to shops, and price comparing...I came home on Saturday with a new stand and a 55 gallon...kids were ecstatic! Today we drove all over town. Got pool filter sand, drftwood, some rocks, API test kit, a different thermometer...all set. The filter sand required a drive across Denver. I paid $11 for a fifty pound bag (I bought two). It was more than I hoped to pay, but it looks great. Driftwood, some black slate and lace rock from LFS...not cheap but they look great on the white sand. The kids and I had a blast setting it all up today, and my wife lent her artistic advice! Filter and heater are running now....I will pop in some ammonia tomorrow to get the cycle amped up. Hey, I have an HOB filter and would like to add some scotchbrite pads to provide more bacterial growth surface...I'm told the green ones are bad, white are good. True?