I am still in the very early stages of my salt water project (still acquiring supplies). Before i fill my 75 gallon tank up, i was a bit worried about my stand. Being on a budget and all i bought my 75 gallon tank with stand off craigslist for $120 (pretty awesome considering the price of a new tank). my worry is that the stand is made out of particle board and that the top of the stand (the part the tank sits on) doesn't have a table top. its just hallow and the tank rests on the sides of the stand. The previous owner said he had close to 200lbs of rock + the weight of water in it previously and he never had an issue, but i thought i would check with you guys first (especially after reading Ziggy953'stank setup post and seeing how his tank broke....75 gallons of water is a lot of water). At a minimum i was thinking of putting a thick sheet of plywood/some kind of tabletop on it. Deep down inside i know i should buy a real wood stand, but again its a money thing. What do you think?
eh just thought of something else - There is a bunch of black stuff along the caulking/seal at the corners of my tank. not sure if its mold, dirt or what. i tried lightly washing it with water, but i don't want to rub to hard and damage the seal.
Pics of everything below (sry for the bad quality, only have the cell camera at this time)