Thanks for all the advice.
Ive been reading a ton a visiting my LFS
One thought that had come up that is bothering me is that I may end up with a tank that is too low...
I would be considerably lower than the pre-built tank stands sold in stores.
One consideration is that the couches in the living room are 10+ feet away...so the look down angle is reduced quite a bit...
Of course sitting on the floor with a few pillows for some close up watching sounds more comfortable than the hunching over thats required when standing next to a tank on a pre-made stand.
I have some latitude to raise the tank up a bit...however I will start encroaching on the space needed for a light source..especially if I end up wanting MH