Okay, I've been reading up on everything saltwater for about a month now in hopes of starting up a saltwater tank sometime this summer. I've tried to absorb as much information as I can, but now I need you guys' help! My plans for the tank are to start it out as a FOWLR setup, then as I get the money for better equipment (RO/DI system, lighting, ect.) transform it into a reef tank. I won't actually be setting the tank up till later this summer probably. I'm trying to get a job at my LFS and I'll be saving as much as I can for the tank. The only think I have at this point is a 55g tank. I would like to hear equipment recommendations from you guys. Protein skimmers, powerheads, overflows, ext. There are just so many brand out there and I have no idea what is good and what isn't. I'm trying to stay on the lower end of costs, but I am willing to spend whatever is needed for good quality equipment. Now on to questions. 1. I want to have a sump for the tank, but I don't know whether to build one or just buy one. If I build one, which I would rather do for cost reasons, does anyone have any good plans for making one? 2. For when I do transition to reef, what kind of lighting should I have? I haven't really done much research on corals yet, but I'd like to have some that are colorful, not just boring to look at. 3. is $2.99 per pound a good price for live rock? My LFS has it for that price, but I don't know what is considered a good price. That's all for now. Again, I'd love some recommendation for equipment!