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1. Maybe. Id try a quarry and just wash it. Getting from home depot it would probably have chemicals of some type on it. And its free from a quarry or creek

2. Some sticks and branches I found walking around in the woods that I liked. You bake them to get out any bad stuff. Wrap them in foil and bake it on low for an hr or two. Anything over 170 degrees f will kill bacteria.

3. If u look on randomzoid's profile I think he's got texas holey rock in his mbuna tank. You like white? Its very white, lightweight and very pretty. He has a featherfin in his tank too.

You should cycle quickly. Lots of bacteria in the driftwood and decor too
 

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I measured, it's big enough. On a side note - I ran into an old buddy who now works at a glass shop earlier. They do everything from big windows on buildings to auto windshields. Bout to get awfully awesome in the world of max's fish tanks lol
 

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There's the driftwood piece I was talking about - has like four holes but you can only see one
 
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I got it for like $23 was normally $50. I would have never paid full price lol
 

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I'm going to try and talk them down on the tank if I buy the stand too. They were $10 more than the lfs but the lfs tank came with a ugly black stand but also offered 20% off thier ridiculously price accessories with purchase of package and all I really need is another heater
 

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Well that just means you need Another tank go go with the accessories u don't need
 

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Lol. I'm not sure if it comes with filters. I know it comes with lights.
 

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My 55 came with everything and was the same price so I'm assuming this is tank, hood and lights. I just called and told them to hold it since I live in the boondocks
 

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Does anyone put a sheet of plywood under theirs to distribute the weight?
 

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I have a rack that has a bunch of tanks on it. I put plywood under some of those. As for an aquarium stand, there should be no need or benefit to it.
 

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Really? The stand only has two points of contact
 

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It's got to have more than two points of contact....

What's it look like??
 

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Let me grab a link :




It might be three. I know the top of the back is basically cardboard that I drill through to run cables
 

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The actual edge that supports is like half of what it looks like if I remember putting the other one together correct. The doors were a real pain getting to sit right
 

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wow that's a nice looking stand! It's supported at all 4 corners and 2 of the 4 sides. If they sell it for a 75, then I wouldn't worry.
 

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Depending on your floor, plywood might be a good idea.

The last place I lived had floors that were over 100 years old and occasionally gave way under our feet. If I'd had anything bigger than a 29gal, I'd have put plywood under the stand.

The house we bought this summer has good floors that I'd trust to hold a big ol' tank without worrying.

If your floor is solid and not squishy, there's probably no need for plywood.
 
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