Step 1 is done
I did find one possible handicap with the stand, however, that stands to cause me a little difficulty. Fully assembled, the protein skimmer sits about 4 inches below the bottom of the tank which will make emptying the collection cup a little cumbersome since I can only get at it from the back of the stand. Add to this that it somehow must sit on the sump and we have a potential problem. The arm that goes over the wall of the sump is roughly 12" from the base of the skimmer, most tanks are 16" tall, set the skimmer on the tank and the collection cup will be right up against the bottom of the display tank. I think I have a solution to the problem though. If I can push the sump all the way against the back of the stand, it may be possible for me to hang the skimmer on the tank so that the body of the skimmer and the collection cup actually stick out the back of the stand making it both easier to get at for cleaning and eliminating the problem with how tall the sump is. This will make it a little harder to close off the back of the stand with a bit cloth though, but I think it can still be done fairly effectively. In case you are wondering why I want to hang cloth off the back of the stand it is to keep stray light from escaping the stand. I plan on placing some algae in the sump to help keep the water clean and free of excess nutrients and that means providing light for it to grow. While the display tank's lights will be on during the day (roughly 8am to 8pm for the blue actinic lights and 10am to 6pm for the regular white lights) the lights over the sump will be on a reverse schedule (from 8pm to 8am) to help prevent shifts in PH that occur overnight (I'm not sure why they occur but it seems to be the general consensus that they do happen and using reverse lighting prevents them.)
I think the only way for me to make sure that my plan will work is to get a tank to drop in the stand (not literally mind you) and set the skimmer up on it. Since I need a quarantine tank, I think that I will pick up one of those aquarium kits for a 20-40 gallon aquarium (haven't decided yet how big I want the quarantine tank to be). If it works well then I will have eliminated a problem, if it doesn't work at all then I may have to resort to sticking the skimmer on the back of the display tank.
There is another good thing about having put the stand together...Now I can start planning on ordering the tank itself and having someplace to put it. With that critical piece in place I can begin the task of plumbing everything and making sure I'm not going to turn the floor into giant fish pond.