So, I'm planning to start my first saltwater tank as a 60 gallon and I will mostly be building all the things like the tank and the stand and sump i will do myself as a DIY project. The dimensions will be 36 inches by 20 inches by 20 inches made of low iron glass. I will also be building a 25-30 gallon sump. I have been doing quite a lot of research, but I feel that it is good to get opinions on some things. I'm trying to save as much money as possible and the entire build would be awesome if it would come to under 2 grand. The DIY parts will probably be about 700-800. I am thinking about doing a somewhat diy light system from rapid led
and choosing my own led
which will come to about 500. Does anyone no if this company is good and whether or not it is reliable and good for the price? Also, in the sump will be a refugium, so what other equipment will be necessary. I am thinking about getting two hydor powerheads for up to 2400 gph
, but they are rather expensive so can anyone tell me if they are worth it or are there cheaper ones that work just as well and are controllable? As for a protein skimmer, I was thinking maybe a reef octopus rated for around 120-160 gallons. Are these units good and reliable as well as worth it for the price? I think what I'm really asking here is what other equipment will I need and for the equipment I have picked out, are they good and reliable and are there cheaper replacements that work just as well. Also, I want to know what all the necessary equipment is and if I am missing any of them. I only want to start with necessary equipment so I can keep costs down. Please reply and write opinions and thank you in advance.