One of my current (and very plausible) options is buying a new glass tank and building my own stand. Building a steel stand is probably the only way I'll go for me if I choose this route. I want as much sump volume as possible and I simply can't squeeze a large tank through braces. Below is the design I had envisioned. I'm going to send the design to a mech. engineer friend today to be "stress tested". I couldn't find the weight of DSA's 225gal. but I estimate it to be 2800-3000 once filled with water, sand, rock. Obviously, that front upper beam is going to be the point of failure if there is one. I've run across a couple of newb questions since I've never built my own stand; metal and non. 1. How much deflection is acceptable for an aquarium? I know this is a tough question but I was hoping someone knew of a general figure to stay above (1mm, 0.5mm, etc). 2. How much wider/longer should the stand be over the aquarium? I assumed 1" when I was using my figures (ex. 72" aquarium, 73" stand, etc.) 3. My front panel will be attached using countersunk magnets so the entire panel is removable but still have 3 doors for quick access. The other 3 panels will likely be affixed permanently. What is the best way to attach wood paneling to metal? 4. The stand "floor" would optimally be water-tight. What is the best way to go about this? I'm sure I'll think of more questions as I explore this option but this is all I have encountered thus far.