I'd nix the the following as well: canister filter, tap water filter, heater, and the lighting. Since you planned on purchasing a tap filter, why not just purchase a solid ro
workhorse? I prefer Spectrapure, but there are others.
This would be my list for the same price you specified:
Coralife Digital Thermometer
Item Code: Item Code: MD2101 - $7.99
Marine Floating Thermometer (great as a backup for your digital)
Item Code: HG11201 - $1.49
Marine Depot Refractometer (cheaper than Captive Purity and still a solid product)
Item Code: MD2101 - $39.99
Spectrapure Maxcap 90gpd (Spectrapure.com may have a cheaper price on shipping)
Item Code: SP1711 - $357.90
Hydor Koralia 2 Circulation Pump/Powerhead UL 600 gph
Item Code: HD19201 - $35.99
Hydor Koralia 4 Circulation Pump/Powerhead UL 1200 gph
Item Code: HD19401 - $47.99
Vertex IN-250 Internal Pinwheel Protein Skimmer 150-250 Gallons
Item Code: VX1119 - $319.99
*Be aware the pumps have problems reported so compare skimmers with that of Euroreef, AquaC, and Octopus plus depending on how much livestock you plan and feeding for, you may not need such a large skimmer. Personally, I would purchase a skimmer at a later date and focus on liverock and substrate.
I didn't mention lighting because it would pay off to know what you intend for the tank? There would be no point in purchasing intense lighting for that of sps
if you don't plan to have sps
. Taking a breeze through RC, it seems a 4x54w ATI, Icecap, or Tek fixture would suffice for soft/lps
, but a 6-8x54w for sps
. You could also go the aquactinics 5x54w and have a little of everything.
Also, if you have a sump are you drilling your tank or using an hob
? Either way you'll need a return pump (did I miss seeing this?). Another option to think about, if you are already drilling, is making a closed-loop that would eliminate powerheads. As for heaters, Jager is no longer reliable ime (we go through a ton of these at work) so I'd get two 100w heaters by either Visitherm, Hagen, or Won Brothers.