Hey folks. It's my first week with the forum and I decided to document my first saltwater build. I tend to be a methodical person, so I'll try to keep to the key stats. Since this is my first build, I'd love to hear feedback and advice from anyone that has stumbled upon my little journey. I'll be updating this thread on a weekly basis. Hopefully this will help all the fellow newbies (or those folks that are on the fence about getting into the hobbie). AQUARIUM STATS 35.4"W x 15.7"H x 16.5"D 36 total gallons 27 gallons (main) 9 gallons (rear filtration) With 4 compartments Included: LED Lamp (25000K) Protein Skimmer (PS1) Circulation Pump (CP3) Marine Salt (3 bags) Stand LFS included with purchase: 40#'s of Real Reef Rock (aquacultured) Self Purchased 150W Cobalt Neo-Therm Heater Innovative Marine Customcaddy Fusion 40 (x2) Trigger 5 gallon ATO reservoir Smart ATO Micro Innovative Marine Magnafuge light CaribSea Bimini Pink SpectraPure 4-Stage RO/DI STEP ONE: Aquascaping Throughout all of my research, there has been one underlying theme that I picked up, and that is "the key to a successful tank is PATIENCE." So, on Father's Day, my wonderful kids got me this awesome tank. They helped me set it up, and my wife helped me layout the rocks. From there, I let it sit. I looked at the tank from all angles, at different times of the day, just to make sure it was as beautiful as we could make it (and that it would provide the future inhabitants a diverse and exciting place to live). After ensuring that the layout was ideal, we set it in place. Here's the final product: So, next week I'll be getting my RO/DI installed and prepping my water. I'll make sure I take a good number of photos to share. I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions (since this will definitely be a learning experience for me).