Well last night I was able to visit 2 of our 3 LFS and get and idea of what fish are available here locally. So now I am going through my equipment, or rather lack of equipment and wanted to make sure that I haven't forgotten something. The items with an asterisk next to them are what I have now, everything else I still need to get. So here it goes: 55 Gal tank with cabinet stand* Rena XP3 Filter* Power Head (not sure if this will be needed or why yet)* API Master Test Kit (seemed to be the most highly recommended here)* Foam 30 Pads* Foam 20 Pads Biological Medias Micro Filtration Pad Scenery Sand Filter water/Treated water In-Line Heater Hose for Filter (everything seemed to be red from algae) Thermometer Lighting As you can see I still have a bit of stuff to get before I can cycle my tank and finally come to a decision on fish. Thanks again for all of your help.