All of my reef buddies know I've been thinking about going larger. Well, I found a great deal on a 210 gallon AGA tank, stand and canopy and now it's sitting in my garage!! Hubby (Mike) is being tolerant but I know he questions if this is going to keep me more distracted (probably) than I sometimes am. I am super stoked and can't wait to get it going! Here are the plans so far. The stand needs some rebuilding as it was an 8 ft long stand that we are cutting down to 6'. The previous owner had an extra tall cabinet on the end to house the skimmer and other equipment. Since Mike is a carpenter/cabinetmaker by trade, this won't be hard. It's currently painted black (which I like) and he's not keen about the color but it will make it easy to blend cosmetically after the modifications are done. Step two will be plumbing the tank(1st floor) to a basement Rubbermaid stock tank (100 gallon) sump in the basement. I am probably going to use a ReeFlo Hammerhead pump for return. I'm not sure about which skimmer I will get but I'm leaning towards a MSX 250 or Octopus Pro. If I was wealthy I may go with a "big name" skimmer but I'm reading good things about both of those skimmer, esp for the price. Lighting. Alas, the hood that came with my setup is wonderfullly setup to accept three Ice cap fixtures with fans in between each and two fans in the end of the hood (5 fans total built into this hood.) I really have my heart set on Lumen Bright reflectors (small ones) http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-06/review/index.php which won't work in this configeration at all. Another build for Mike to totally redo the hood just reusing the piano hinge doors. I really feel it will be worth it as I can use 250 W Reeflux bulbs on Coralvue ballasts and get the look I want without 400's or huge heat issues. That is the plan anyway! Suggestions, personal experiences are all welcome. We have lots to do and it's going to take a few weeks to get to the point where I have water in the tank. Mike thinks we should consider spa flex to plumb down to the basement but I've been told that there are ridges inside it and that makes for more resistance. I know he is a bit horrified to think about all that pvc and elbows to get from point A to point B (possibly 16ft away without an exact measurement). I just ordered some Pukani rock from Bulk Reef Supply and I'll get it in water with a PH as soon as it arrives. Which is the "safe" rubbermaid container again? The grey Brute one?? This time I'm planning on more of an open aquascape rather than the "wall" I have now so I don't need another couple hundred pounds of rock to achieve the look I hope to get. I've had two tanks so far and bought and moved established tanks both times so I know nothing about the "cycle". I plan on putting some of my water change water in the new tank when I fill it up but what else can I do or how long might I expect it to take to cycle? Hoping for great advice here! I need it!!