Will be buying the wood for the stand this Saturday, this is my planned CAD model of what it should look like when finished.

Eventually there will be a hood and obviously lights on the top as well. Plan on painting the stand and back of the tank black to highlight the fish and plants in the tank. I'm looking everywhere for black sand, the LFS i bought it from originally don't stock it anymore and i can't find it anywhere. The local masters store sell river sand for $6 for 20kg, and it's an even brown colour, as in a single shade of brown which is probably the next best option if i can't find any in the next few weeks.