Thank you everyone! I went out today and bought the stuff needed to reseal the tank. This is going to be a lengthy adventure before I am even able to stick my first fish in the tank, but I am in it for the long haul. I want to do it right the first time.
My approach will be a little bit slower than some with buying just the things necessary to start the cycling of the tank by the end of the month and work my way from there. After doing some research about FOWLR
tanks, I am under the impression that all I need for biological filtration is the protien skimmer and a couple power heads/circulation pumps and the LR
will do all of the work. Starting with that and live sand, salt, etc begin to cycle the tank and keep testing the water and testing until I am 100% good to go. I will keep reading all of the stickies and doing more research before I make any moves. Thanks!