Thanks, I'm known for "overkill" - I build things 10 times stronger than they need to be - you should see the supports I put under our deck - that deck could survive any hurricane, tornado, or earthquake all at the same time
After seeing more of people's plans on line I know I could have used fewer 4x4's or even 2x4's and probably saved some money & weight - it is really heavy... I just feared the 4 foot span over the lower 55 gallon tank.
The paint was some chocolate brown I picked up at K
-Mart - nothing special, but it matches other stands I've built and looks good with the living room decor...
I may have a change for the Tanganikan tank / Calvus - I've been looking at Peacocks... I'm leaning toward a species only tank of some bright colored malwai fish... we'll see.