Finally finally finally I get to start this thread. I can't tell you guys how excited I am right now. I couldn't be starting this thread without wonderful people like @KristaD @Nart @stella1979 @Nanologist @Tragic13 @grantm91 @LJC6780 and @thesoulpatch . These guys are absolutely amazing! I got my mom to take me to PetCo today and got my tank. Don't have any pictures right now because I didn't have time to get it out of the car before she left haha. There's a few small lumps in the silicon, I'm sure @Nanologist wouldn't approve . But other then that it looks great! No bubbles or anything. I'm going to be building an aquarium workbench since I'm also going to be building a tank for my neighbor at the same time, so this is going on the bottom shelf and I'll cure my live rock while I gather the equipment. Then I will build a stand and set everything up once the rock is cured and I have all the necessary equipment! Right now my shopping list for what I need is: 1 - Brute 3 - 5 gallon buckets with lids - one for dirty water, one for mixing sw and the other for acclimating! 1 - Jebao SW 2 Powerhead 1 - Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 75 or 100 watt heater 20 gallons of saltwater from my LFS Mixing Powerhead for the stored saltwater from my LFS. I'm going to be using water from my LFS to start. I figure I'll cure the rock in the tank with 10 gallons of water, and change out 5 gallons twice a week or whenever its needed. Will I need to add ammonia once the LR stops putting off ammonia? Shopping list for all I need for the tank: ATC Refractometer Instant Ocean Salt (Will switch to reef crystals when I start getting more/harder corals) Mixing Heater Carib-Sea Arag-Alive Bimini Pink Special Grade Reef Sand I'll post pictures of the tank when she gets back! I think I will still mix my salt - but mabye not for a little while. Its only an extra $50 a year to buy saltwater instead of make it myself. However, I definitely want the peace of mind and the knowledge I can change my salinity if I want, so eventually I will get the salt and mixing heater. But for now, I'll buy from them. I'll start with 20 gallons, put 10 in the tank with the rock, keep the other ten in the brute, next week get 10-20 gallons and keep the brute filled up so I can do a wc whenever I need to. Thank you so much everyone !!