Technically, not first.. but 2nd attempt, I guess.. First one was about a year and a half ago.. saw some planted tanks, got excited, went and bought a cheap acrylic 10 gallon, Amazonia soil some rocks and a cheap light, planted HC.. then, went to another store and got hooked on reefs. So that lasted about a month.. then, I started cycling a rimless reef.. went from that to a 40 breeder reef.. that lasted about 8 months.. then ended up shutting it down when I moved.. tried to control the urge to start again..
...but I started the 40 back up as a FH tank, then just realized I wanted something that required more work and would gain more appreciation.. so I ended up where I am now.. I collected the following throughout the timespan of a couple months.. this is the first time I've planned everything fully before starting.. and it should be ready to get it wet in the next week or so..
FishNeedIt 150W MH fixture 10,000k bulb for now.
Aqua Pipes Stainless Steel lily pipes
ADA Thermometer (still had from reef)
ADA c02 Drop Checker
eBay glass bubble counter, check valve, diffuser
Rumford Aquatics Toolset
ADA New Amazonia soil
Aquatek c02 regulator
20 oz paintball tank for now.. still waiting on the 5lb. tank to arrive.
20 or so lbs of Seiryu stones
Pfertz High-Tech Set
Neptune Aquacontroller (from old reef setup) for controlling light schedule, temp, c02, etc.
Eleocharis sp. belem
Rotala sp. green
Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
or Hemianthus micranthemoides
Unsure on hardscape yet. I would like to stay on a minimalist scape, but really can't decide how.
Quick shot of the setup:
Beginning of hardscape at about midnight.. was bored and couldn't sleep.
If I keep this scape, I'll be adding sand to that open path.
Kind'a tired now, so will update tomorrow maybe.
Here's a couple pics of my past reef setups.