Break down of my costs do far, and some of my projected costs:
Tank and stand - I traded about $350 worth of computer parts for a 135g tank and stand.
Stand- stand was bad so I'm building my own. I have $90 in lumber, and will put another $50 in paint and trim, handles hinges ect. So $150
Sump- got a 55g off Craigslist for $50.
1200gph overflow kit off eBay -$ 60
1050gph deep blue triton 4 return pump- $80
Around 6 baffles cut from glass shop- $50
Misc plumbing approx. $50
Protein skimmer- approx. $200
Heaters- approx. -$60
Refugium DIY led
approx 20-30w -$50
I bought a rack mount electrical control-$30
lighting- I'm either going with 3 taotronics 120w leds. Or 3 x 100w emitters DIY Kessil style, with some DIY accent lighting. Either of these will be around $400.
Sand and rock- I just posted a thread on cheap sand so maybe $20 for sand, and probably $250 for a starter pack of live rock approx . 50lbs, may add more live rock and base rock later to spread the expense out. 50lbs would be a start and help the tank stabilize during the cycling process. So all and all approx. $300
Then the live stock, and that will be an ongoing thing who knows what will be spent on that.
So all and all around $1500, I've budgeted so far. I'm a little less than half way through my project, my next purchases will be paint for the stand, a protein skimmer, and the sump baffles. These items will be purchased in the next couple weeks. I just bought the return pump.
I have a time frame of around 4 months on this project.