Figured I'd start posting in this thread as I start this journey and hope for advice or comments along the way.
I am almost finished gathering parts to begin cycling. I am using a standard 20h aquarium that I got from Petco last year for the $1/gallon sale. Planning on sticking with FOWLR for the time being to get my feet wet in the saltwater side of this hobby, livestock will be perhaps a pair of False Percula and a clean up crew.
So far I have:
Koralia nano 425 powerhead
Hydor theo 100w heater (now I read negative reviews, considering trying the Jager 75w in the tank to see how it does (Office can get quite cold)
Maxijet 1200 for mixing in buckets and pumping water for changes Eheim jäger 75w heater for mixing bucket API saltwater master test kit
Just ordered IO reef crystals and a refractometer.
Planning on using water from the grocery store for now.
Also ordered 2 PAR38 Full Spectrum's from LEDTRiC.
Tank is going to be viewable from both sides, it is going to be kept in our office in a window going to the bedroom, pics can be seen below.
From the bedroom
From the office
Will post updates when I have them, hope to be up and cycling by the middle of January.