this will be an ongoing thread on my 80 gallon high tech. I am using a dirted substrate capped with a few inches of gravel from an old tank. the stand and canopy will be made by me, I am going with a truaqua 5 stage plus uv filter, and either 4 or 6 t5-ho bulbs. I want to house a group of maybe 6 angels and a small school of something like a neon or maybe rummy nose tetras.The first thing was recovering this tank. I overheard through the grapevine of an old guy with a sweet tank in his garage. well I live at 9000 feet and in February, most old men are not looking to be out in the garage much. it took a bit of persuading, but I got the old man to let me into the garage to have a peek at this tank. it was super dirty, hard to tell what condition the glass was in, but I figured WTH, if it doesnt hold water I will make it a vivarium. I got it home and cleaned it out. wasnt in great shape, but wasnt in terrible shape either. I had nothing tht would be able to hold this tank filled up so I decided I would try my hand at building a stand. I live alone, in the mountains, so looks were not too important, I simply wanted something strong and functional. I picked up some lumber and went to town building my stand. I started by building the top and bottom pieces, then I added the guides and added all the supports. I then placed the aquarium on top tof the stand to check my fit and make sure things were how I wanted them to be. Everything looked flush and read to go. I moved the tanks and stand into the living room where it will be, got everything level and flush, filled it up. I let it sit for a day or two, I cleaned it out real good, then drained it out. once drained I filled it with about 3 inches or sunshine #5 organic all natural soil. I capped that soil with about 2 inches of gravel from a tank I no longer have. the tank is now sitting, filled with water, a heater, a small filter which is just pulling particulate out of the water from when my fill up got a little over spunky and I stirred up some work. I also put some duckweed and a cheep T12 light I had laying around. I figure... if nothing else the plants should get the light they need and can help filter the water until my canister shows up. I am about 2 weeks from light and plants, so hoping the canister shows up in the next day.. I would like it on before sunday so it can have 2 weeks to cycle.Thats where I am at right now. I am planning on a group of maybe 6 angels and a small school of a smaller species, something like a neon or a rummy nose. I am open to suggestions, and advice as I continue to build this tank I will continue with more pictures and follow ups.