Ok, went to the LFS
to discuss the tank prices and what not, walked out with 3 quotes, tho only 2 are in consideration...LOL
After looking at various sizes and tanks we decided to go ahead and skip straight to a large tank, we are going to invest in a 150 gallon freshwater tank. The 2 setups we are looking at are as follows.
150 gallon A.G.A. tank and glass top set, 2 perfecto 36 inch double bright lights, 2 fluval 405 canisters, 4 50 pound bags of sand, rose Prestige canopy/stand combo, digital thermometer (battery powered), 250w stealth heater. total walk out price: $2193.47
Oceanic Ultimate 150 gallon tank w/ cherry trim, 2 glass canopies, cherry oak stand, 2 fluval 405, 4 50 lb substrate, 2 36 inch perfect double bright lights, battery thermometer, and stealth 250w. total walk out price: $2284.02
We are leaning toward the first one, not so much based on price, but more in that we like the idea of having the canopy to hide the light fixtures. The third setup was essentially the AGA setup with a different stand/canopy set for nearly 3 grand, we like the stand/canopy, but it's 1400 by itself...not this time...
Of these 2 options, which would you go for, I know the ultimate has the starphire glass and will look clearer. Our 55 is an AGA, and the new one will eventually be in the same room with the 55. We are looking to turn the 150 into a centerpiece tank, with the others placed around it.
Thank you all for the advice in advance, and thank you to those who already responded.