OK, I think I'm ready to get started with my reef tank. For the last two months or so I have been reading and asking questions. It feels like every answer just creates two more questions but in spite of that it's just time to start.
For better or worse, this will serve as a log of how things progress. I can't imagine anybody knowing much less about how to do a reef tank than I do so hopefully this will help others as well.
The overall concept is to make a 29 gallon reef tank with a 20 gallon sump/fuge. The good news is that this does not have to look pretty. It's more important that it is functional and accessible. An experimental tank if you will.
Since I already had a 29 gallon tank I decided to try my hand at drilling holes in it 8O . This turned out to be a lot easier than expected. The best advice I got was to use lots of water and go slow, applying almost no pressure with the drill.
Now we get bulkheads and decide how to make the skimmer for the intake.