Alright, so... Since my last update when I returned the 60 gallon tank/stand combo, I've since acquired a 75 gallon aquarium from petsmart (for 30% off because it didn't include the ugly plastic canopy I wouldn't use anyway, and the regular fluorescent lighting that would have to be upgraded later), ordered the 700gph overflow kit from glass-holes.com (took me a couple of minutes to get the play on words lol) tested the new tank to make sure that the sides are not tempered, borrowed the tools needed to build a stand from my awesome father in law, purchased a RO
system on ebay, and got a small powerhead to keep my meager 15 lbs of live rock from dying in the bucket.
Also, found a MUCH better LFS
than the previous one. Sold me an old powerhead for $5 to keep my LR
from dying, nice clean store and the owner talked to me for about an hour and made a $5 sale. Will be using him instead of the one a mile up the road that smells like dead fish inside...
He recommended an 8 week cycle using ammonium chloride tablets (i think?) doing a 10% water change after 4 weeks, and I will get a skimmer about 2 months from getting the whole setup going.
I'm getting pumped! Just wish I hadn't rushed a bit on the front end, but you live and learn!