I'm going to try to stick with softies and lps
for the time being. I really don't want to get into the stony corals until I have the tank running for about a year. As far as equipment goes the only thing I have is the tank. I plan on getting a 4 x 24w t5 light from ebay, 2 maxi jet 400 power heads, API saltwater and reef test kits, refractometer from ebay, io reef crystals(160g bucket), 35 lbs of live rock and 40 lbs of live sand. I forgot that I have a small power filter that I will also be using. Not sure of the size or flow rate. Also I have a 100w heater. If I need anything else feel free to let me know.
I do have a few questions. When cycling the tank can I just leave my lights off? Also am I suppose to do a water change during the cycle or wait until the end and do it then? I know I am suppose to do top offs during the cycle but I'm confused about the water changes.