Hello jw! I had to chime in here. I have a 72 gallon bowfront that I purchased 15 months ago. I got a "reef" package including "everything" for $1800 (did not include delivery or setup). It was nice to have everything to start up right away but I now wish I had done a few things differently. I did get a pc
lighting fixture but I wish I would have opted for mh
lighting instead. The skimmer I got was really crummy. I had to upgrade my heater a couple of months after I had everything set up. I did get a very nice batch of lr
with my package deal.
All in all I'd highly suggest you plan on a stocking list and tailor your setup towards that.
Like all of the guru's here mentioned.....ask specifically what type/brand of equipment you will be getting. How much live rock is included in that price? What type of lighting fixture will you get for that price? etc.
Lastly, I've found many, many helpful folks here on this site. Be sure to ask away and don't be shy. They can really provide you with great web sites and some really good information too.