I am in the process of building a stand for my 75g glass SW
setup, and I need advice on it
I originally was intending to leave the back open. Now I'm thinking there may be benefits to closing it off. I plan to have a 20g Refuge in the stand underneath the tank on a reverse photo period to help stabilize PH
& crtitter growth. The tank is going in my living room.
Here's my Pro/Con list:
P - Less work to build & finish the back wall
P - More room to "sneak" extra space if I ever needed it.
P - Don't have to worry about it getting too damp under there and molding
C - Noise of equipment will be louder with open back
C - Light from Fuge will light up the room at night (may get annoying)
C - Unsightly because of trafic that goes by and could see equipment, etc.
P - Less ambient Equiptment noise
P - No excess light from fuge at night (for when I want to watch movies @ night, makeout parties etc.)
P - Cleaner Looking
C - Takes a bit more to finish back side wall (cost & time)
C - Have to put in several access holes for wires/pipes/etc.
C - Possible mold issues from dampness
C - Finite limit to the space enclosed for any equiptment
What are people's experiences with both open/closed and which do you prefer? I'd like suggestions/input. Any other suggestions on features to add would be appreciated.