After a month the 65 gallon aquarium I have been wanting was finally stocked locally so I went ahead and purchased it. I chose a 65 gallon aquarium for it dimensions, according to Aqueon’s website the tank is 36.4″ x 18.4″ x 25″ (LxWxH). I am using this 65 gallon as a test bed in anticipation of setting up my 125 gallon which is 72″ x 18″ x 24″ which currently sits in an attic until I have a more permanent location to set it up. Basically the 65 gallon is half a 125 gallon aquarium. With planted aquariums the width of the tank is important; a deeper tank allows for more layering of plants and allows you to play with the field of depth more and a tall tank will allow me to grow taller plants. I will also be able to transfer over my 36″ LED lighting fixtures to my 125 gallon aquarium in the future.
The aquarium was sold in a combo with a stand and the store would not break up the combo or order me the tank separately. The stand looks a whole lot better than my DIY stand made of 2x4s, so while adding a bit of cost to the purchase I am overall happy I had to buy the combo. This should motivate me to get to work on the DIY 3D background and the aquarium controller since an empty aquarium is really tempting to set-up.