Awesome job! Is that all a balancing act?
ScubaBaker, My lights are the Orbit 4x65 watt PC with moon lights. With the mounting legs, I don't have any problem with the temp. My tank is a 50 gal.
Same with me. They don't even seem to get hot enough to effect the tank. Is your fan working?
Your tank would probably cycle faster with 30# of live rock from lr.com. You will also get all of the cool critters that come with live rock.
Except, a lot of them will die if you get an ammonia and nitrite spike. It would be way better to do both methods and be patient.
Live sand, water and shrimp. Wait a couple weeks, then LR
.com! Get some base rock from them while you are at it. Also save money by calling, someone said we get a discount for being aa members.
Running the skimmer during cycling will not remove any junk, but it will oxygenate the water, and that will help the cycle complete faster.