Well most of you don't remember me but a few probably do. I haven't had a tank setup in a long time. Mine was taken out by the ice storm in 09 or whatever year it was and I ended up breaking it down. I bought a 180 gal a couple years ago with intentions of getting it going but as everyone knows time gets away from us as we have 3 kids that are all very active with sports etc... We're getting ready to start finishing off our basement and my wife said either we're setting it up or getting rid of it. So I guess I'm setting it up. The tank will be going in our living room on our main floor of the house. Lots of things have changed since I was last in the hobby. I'm kind of looking at basically doing a FOWLR, the reason I got into saltwater back in the day was because I always wanted angels but of course they don't work well in a reef. So I'm looking at putting an Emperor Angel in the tank and we'll see what else I guess. Equipment I have already: 180 gal tank and home made 2x4 stand, (need to finish it off still) some random pumps (not really sure what they are) 40 gallon breeder I'm going to make into a sump Apex controller (got a deal on it when I bought the tank, have never used a controller) Just lined up some rock to buy and am going to pick it up in a week or so. Things I'd love some input on: Looking at the idea of an external skimmer this time around instead of an internal since I'll have room under the stand with only a 3' sump. Sump layout The 180 has 2 holes drilled in the back but no overflow boxes or anything like that. Not really sure how to plumb it up. Figured if I ran an external skimmer I'd run one to the skimmer and one to the sump. Was looking at the cheap ebay (chinese) led light fixtures, anyone use them? Jebao pumps? Kind of hit and miss from what the little i've read so far. RO/DI unit, any preference on brand etc... Looking forward into getting back into the hobby. It'll probably be kind of a slower build but should keep moving forward. Please feel free to enlighten me with all your knowledge. Thanks for all the help and info up front!