I would start out by filling the tank and getting it stable (temp-salinity) with Nice clean RO
water.. The I would venture over to Liverocks.com and order yourself anwhere from 160# to 260#s of their nice LR
.. Place it in the tank with a few powerheads such as maybe a MaxiJet 1200 in each corner.. You are also going to need some sort of overflow Either drilled tank or Overflow box.. CaptiveReefs.com has some Nice deals on some custom sumps for awesome prices.. For lighting I would go with 3x250w MH
lights along with atleast 2 6' VHO
URI actinics at a very minimum.. I am not really a believer of having a DSB
in the tank but do like to have a 2" or so SSB
seeded with some LS
... Liverocks.com has LS
as well for like 1.00 per pound.. Very good Very cheap.. With the amount of critters you get on your LR
and in the LS
from Liverocks.com it will provide a pretty fun to watch tank until your cycle has completed and your ready for fish...
1) Main things you need is waterflow min of 10x turnover
2) Lights.. 3x250w MH
lights and 2x6' VHOs would be a perfect buy for that tank snd should suffice for about anything you wanted to keep
3) heaters Recommended 2 in case 1 fails.. 2x350w Won Pro Heat heaters should work..
4) 160# to 260#s of LR
the more the better.. www.liverocks.com
is highly recommened and TOP QUALITY liverock.. Along with maybe 10#s of their LS
5) a very fine aragonite sand for your sandbed.. I prefer SSB
due to the issues seen.. And prefer to have a DSB
on a remote system such as a refuge so it can be taken offline if issues occur
6) Sump system setup
7) Protien Skimmer.. Some will say AquaC EV180 or EV240 will be great others will say one of the EuroReef skimmers.. Both IMO
are about the same..
8) most important Test Kits.. IMO
buy nothing but either Salifert or in worse case scenario Seachem.. I would not buy anything other than these 2 brands.. You are going to need to start off with for the cycle the following tests.. pH, Ammonia, nitrite, Nitrate and a good hydrometer (Refractometer Preferrably).. When you start to add corals then you are going to want Alkalinity, Calcium and maybe a Phosphate test..
I personally would reccomend Captivereefs.com for your Order.. I believe we get 6-8% off all prices on listed on the website for being a member here as well as Darin is extremely awesome to deal with and will make things right..
I am sure If I forgot something others will add to it..