Since you're so far from a pet store, you should consider doing a google search and trying to find a reef club in your area. I have found that my local reef club has quite a few people that will sell you rock, fish, corals, etc at much better prices. Ours in Des Moines has a website & forum for buying & selling, and I've used that extensively. I recently got a 7" Magnificent Fox Face, 5" Sailfin Tang, 4" Scopas Tang, pair of Black & White Clowns, 3" Green Chromis, 2" Tailspot Blenny & a peppermint shrimp for $150). Another time I got 50-75 lbs of LR
, a ton of corals, a damsel and 2 blennys for $180. Well worth checking into.
Also on the salt, I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals for coral tanks and Sea Salt for FO
and have no problems. Most any salt you get will be good, as long as you pick the right type.
For your RO
system, I would suggest getting yourself a 20 or 32G Rubbermaid BRUTE trash can for holding the water. What I do is make it, mix it, and heat it in one location (basement utility room) and then when I do my PWC
I put it in 5g Home Depot buckets (the orange ones) to transport them. They work awesome. I have 20 or 25 of them.