Made it to my semi-LFS
last Saturday ( just 100 miles away!) Picked up a few replacement parts and 80# live sand. They advised me to set it up and make sure everything is running properly. If so, go ahead and add my sand and base rock , buy the live rock later. I looked at the Tonga live rock on blue zoo and ordered 40#. Should be here next Thursday. Some call it expensive but w free shipping it was cheaper by the pound than the rock at the semi-LFS
and I won't have to drive the 220 round trip to get it.
The store was amazing, a field trip in and of itself! I asked about bio balls vs socks. Most if their tanks have bio balls. I didn't get a real clear answer on the pros and cons of each. I could still use everyone's advice on that topic.
While I was at the semi-LFS
I had a gall bladder attack that landed me in the emergency room Saturday night. So here I am, 1 week later, sans gall bladder, and sans progress on my tank. The arrival of the rock on Thursday is my motivator to get my parts put together and get some water flowing! Hoping the family can help w that this weekend. Wish me luck!