Welcome to the build! Background: Living in Katy, TX, I currently own a standard 120g tank (48x24x24) that has been up for about a year now. This is my first tank so my experience in keeping a reef/fish is 1 year now . I've learned some things along the way. The biggest lesson being to get what you want the first time and take it slow! The past year has been one impulsive buy after the next, which all started with this tank and resulted in probably a few grand of wasted money(debt) and dead corals. So it's time to hit the reset button, get what I want and take it slow! Current Tank: 120g (48x24x24) with dual overflow boxes Trigger systems Emerald 39 sump 6 bulb ATI T5 light fixture (rewired to have 2 channels)(was using the 48" reefbreeders photonV2, will be selling it) Skimz SM161 Skimmer Santa Monica Rain2 Algae Scrubber 1 Gyre 250 1 Jabeo pp8 Tunze 3155 ATO Scaped with BRS dry pukani rock (cured in bleach for 1 week or so)(looks like you can't even buy this stuff anymore) The tank sits on a DIY stand with a canopy for the lights. Livestock: Male Blue Throat Tigger Flame Angel 1 BulletHole Clown (female) & 1 Wyoming White (male) Magnificent Foxface Female Leopard Wrasse Linetus Fairy Wrasse Pair of diamond spot gobies (aka: trouble makers) Trio of Dispar Anthias Pair of Cleaner Shrimp I'll post a list of wishlist fish in another post. Tank is currently lightly stocked with mostly LPS and a few Acro's fighting for their lives. ps: I have a nano tank with a pair of mocha davinci clowns... I love this pair... question is how successful will I be if I try to add them to the new tank at the same time as the old pair? Why I hate this tank: Number 1 reason I hate this tank with a passion is the dual overflow boxes. When I ordered the tank I just kind of assumed they would be placed in the corners of the tank... which IMO if your going to have overflow boxes, that's where they should be. But no, they're right in the freakin middle. They're ugly and take up space for aquascaping, ruining the depth of the tank and additional swimming space for the fish, lastly creating flow dead spots. I also hate the limitations I have with my desired fish list and I am not a fan of the stand I built or plumbing. Everything was rushed and if I did more research I would have did things different and included handy little features (like a space for electrical equipment). I guess this sums most of it up. Moving On to Bigger Things: I got a quote from my LFS for a 230g Peninsula tank from Planet Aquariums and will be putting a deposit down tomorrow or Friday. The Tank will be 72x30x25 and feature a shadow overflow box and edge guard seams (so you don't have to worry about your magnet cleaner ruining your seams). I will be creating another custom DIY stand as well... but this time we're going to be doing things very different. Tank is projected to take somewhere between 4-10 weeks. So I will have tons of time to think and build the stand. The plan is to have much more space for working under the tank and for equipment. I'd like the stand to be 40" tall so there is no bending over. PS: I'm short af 5'4.... terrible genes... I will be looking for a used 50 or 55g aquarium to create a sump out of. Any suggestions about size here? For lighting I plan to stick with T5 but looking to upgrade to the Giesemann 60" Matrixx II. I'd also light to add some SB reef bars for supplement lighting. I'd like to try, obviously, to use as many things from my current tank on the new build to save costs. My initial thought is to keep my current skimmer and upgrade once I have the tank stocked more. Thoughts? Any suggestions on a return pump? Size I should go for? Wrap Up: I think this mostly covers the plans... I will be using new rock for the build as well. The tank is going in my living room to the left of the current tank. There is not enough space to get the new tank in the exact spot I need it to be (few inches off), so I will be keeping the current tank running until the last possible second, then draining it, moving the livestock to a temp tank for a few hours while I drain and move the old one out of the way. Then place the new tank, let er rip, and replace the livestock in their new home. I will try to use sketchup or visio to show a rough sketch of my living room, the stand and sump designs. No idea how to use those tools so to the YouTubes I go... Pictures of the current tank to come. You can also check out my channel.. I haven't posted any content in a bit but will be documenting this new build as heavy as I can and it shows all my current stuff. Link to my Channel here. Update 12-10-18: Tank arrives starting on page 9. Let me know all of your questions, suggestions, thoughts!