I recently decided to get back into the hobby after a ten or so year absence from it. During those ten years I unfortunately didn't live in places that allowed aquariums, or just didn't live in one place long enough to really make it worth while.
The last tank I kept was a planted 125g with various south and central American fish.
During a visit to Petsmart I saw a 56 column tank + stand on sale and it inspired me, so I began the (exhaustive) search to find it elsewhere. I just couldn't abide by the MDF stand it came with. After weeks of searching I had found it in the wrong (oak) trim, with the wrong stands, in overpriced package deals that would have given me equipment that I didn't want, et cetera.
So now I've finally found a local place that will order it for a reasonable price, which puts it about on the level with the Petsmart deal. Unfortunately, none of these place carry, or apparently can't order the real wood stand that goes with it, in the right finish. (30x18) I'm going to build the stand instead, but I don't think it'll measure up to the truly epic stand that I used to have. It had this great industrial feel to it... dark mahogany, two tiers, the top of it was narrowly spaced 1" boards sat on their side instead of flat, and the whole thing had these massive, old looking iron bolts that held it together. Weighed a ton, but it accomodated everything I had and looked like it might have been significantly older than me
Anyways, hi again, I look forward to chatting about aquaria!