I have the following allready:
30 Gallon Hex, w/ Stand I am building a canopy vented with 7 inch fans.
Fluval 104 (temporary fixture)
175 watt 20K metal halide (I may build some power compacts into the hood in the future)
300 Watt Thermometer with a 175 on hand for backup (remember it's a 30 gallon hex, NOT a lot of room on the back pane.)
Rio 1400 with a SCWD
For Christmas, I am getting a AquaC Remora Protien Skimmer with the MagDrive (The smaller one.)
After Christmas when the tree comes down, and the space I have set aside for the tank is once again available, I will move it in, fill it up with RO water, and mix in Instant Ocean. I'll start up the power heads and the fluval for water circulation, but leave the skimmer off for a few weeks so the tank can cycle.
After a few days, I am going to put egg crate on the bottom, but in some dead live rock for base rock, and then fill in around it with a procuct called arag-alive, which is sand packaged wet so the beneficial bacteria are still alive.
Once that is going, I am driving up to Austin, where I am going to buy about 30 pounds of cured Fiji Live rock, I am partial to Lalo from the pictures, but Fiji is pretty, and easily attainable.
That goes in for another few weeks on it's own, until the algae starts growing (i am cycling the tank with the live rock, no fish needed in this case.)
When the algae starts growing, I plan on starting up the skimmer and getting things stabalized after that, then, another trip to Austin where I am going to purchase about twenty dwarf zebra hermits and 3 electric blue crabs, along with some pacific trochus snails. (I am only putting indo-pacific species in the tank.)
From IPFS.com I will purchas about 100 bucks worth of living sand macro organisms, such as beneficial bristle worms, sea bunny snails (breed and lay eggs several times daily) spaghetti worms, copepods, and so on, this attempt is to make the eco-system in the tank as diverse as possible.
After a month or so has passed and the tank is doing well, I am going to add in two Maroon Clowns, and a green bubble tip anemone, and once the anemone finds it's place, start adding corals.
So what do you think?