Ok, that tank setup is SOO not worth $400. I don't even think I'd buy it for $200. Looks rough.
You've got the right idea with the sump now, but the 2nd link isn't what I would buy. I wish I could draw you a picture. hehe... Just took a picture of my homemade sump for you. The left compartment has the filter sock thats for mechanical filtration, to get the big gunks of yuck out. You would change the filter sock every couple days or so probably. The center section in the below picture has the protein skimmer and my gfo
reactor. You have to get a skimmer that will fit in the big compartment. The compartment on the right is where I have my return pump. Pumps on average are about 5 inches wide so that compartment will also have to fit with the pump.
In my 125g reef my eshopps skimmer barely fits, it has to be tilted to fit. So that's real important, to get an idea of how much sump room you have for the skimmer and then get the biggest skimmer that will fit in that you can afford.
you can keep posting stuff you find, us guys will let you know when you find gold. LOL
I've been lucky getting first crack at stuff on CL
, I downloaded an app for it on my phone and based on my search terms it automatically can notify you when something gets listed
I use the following searches and cover everything:
these search words are awesome at getting listings that others may miss. Just a matter of timing.