Howzit, my name is Erle... like the TV show just spelled different... I have been lurking on this forum for about 4 or 5 months now and have been signed up for just about a month, my lurking was never creepy though, I was here for the educational benefits of learning from other successes and failures. I have in that time seen quite a few neewbies and restarts pop on and get going with their systems... most with success and some with the no more feedback... maybe they are too busy sticking plumbers putty over the ever increasing leaks that tend to pop up. I will try to keep you guys updated, selfishly as it might be, not only for your perusal and amusement... more so, so that i can have the breaks applied when things get carried away and i do dumb things. Here is my set-up and story so far: I like DIY and doing things and stuff so where ever possible I have done or made homemade devices. I managed to get my hands on a 1200x600x600 old fresh water tank after talking to and ex-reefer who had a stunning tank and exchanging a case of hansa. The same reefer then told me he had some more stuff in his garage and handed me an 800x400x400 tank,a large net, a 200w heater, some air hose, an air pump,a smally water pump c/w built in filter an maybe some more even uselesser (yes i will make up my own words from time to time) stuffs... which I exchanged for a bottle of 12 year chivas and the best of wishes. After doing some shopping around here in my area and coming up short and then driving to town...(fyi-warner beach okes call Durban "town") and finding poorly stocked extortioners, i decided i was going to have to do this like the rest of my hobbies and procure everything online for this i got hold of @lanzo from Dorry Pets in centurion who not only had everything i wanted and more but also had the best prices on this planet, actually i will say they were the best in the solar system. They will be getting future business from me for sure. Anyways so i got Dorry Pets to send me a Reeftek TS-2, 2x sieo 1000 powerheads, some T5 ballasts and fittings and a salifert test kit for almost everything. I have made my own kind of plan for surface skimming and have inserted a weir at the top of my tank that is about 150mm deep and at an angle so it take up min space it goes completely across my tank from side to side skimming the entire rear surface of my tank. (i will attach the CAD drawing for a better idea later) To get the water out the weir i drilled two 50mm holes with a diamond encrusted hole-saw which i got from the local hardware store and my trusty black n decker battery drill. sheeewww these things made me sweat and took like 15mins each to get through the 10mm glass, but they went easy peasy and i had no dramas. I split my sump into three compartments with my original plan going to be 1st live rock, then pass over a baffle into the skimmer part and then through a micro bubble trap and then return to the display tank.... this has changed and i now have the TS-2 in the first chamber, and a 150mm Deep Sand Bed in the second that i have chucked some live rock in for good measure (breaks can be applied now if necessary). I have placed my 4800L/H return pump along with the 200w heater in my third section. For the return plumbing i have split it twice because that little sucker below packed a punch and then some, i split the 20mm return hose in two with a T-piece and then where the water enters i have put another t-piece on each nozzle. My main reason for this is that i went for the play sand in my Display Tank because I thought it looked really cool (super white and fine like the cape town beaches) however before i tamed the beast i had sand storms everywhere and things were going pear-shaped. I have been thinking about buying a bag of dry arragonite to place a layer over the fine sand... (advice needed here too). I also procured a 210L drum for water collection, which means 2 trips for a full tank (with some extra containers i have lying around) I built the stand out of 40mm angle iron and have built a cabinet out of 9mm shutter, however this is going to change because i don't smaak it too much. I will put some more updates and info later. Thanks for everything so far.