Thanks for the links and info everyone.
Dogfish, thanks for the Seachem link. Those are some beautiful tanks, and gives me lots of ideas. As far a going slow, my budget dictates that I have to go slow so no worries there. As far as fighting the water, I agree it is hard to fight the supply. Any one use an RO unit for filling their tank? From what I have seen on this site it is not really beneficial, as the minerals have to be added back into the water.
Mojo and Whip, I am going to check those soils out. I have not issue waiting for this to cycle. Nothing good happens fast in an aquarium.
Michael, I probably should have given a little bit of info on my tank and experience. I have been keeping some sort of an aquarium for 30 years, fresh water with no plants, South Americans, Africans, for about 15 years or so. Then I move to salt about 14 years ago. I have had a reef for about 13 of those years. I bought my current tank when I moved here about 8 years ago. It is 230g with a center overflow on the back wall. Tank is 5'x3' by 25" tall. I have the tank on the main floor and the sump in the basement, I plan to keep using the sump. The sump had been very handy for the top offs and water changes. The sump also houses the heaters and my water spills go mostly unnoticed by the better half.
As far as lighting- What I have currently is 2-250 watt metal halide- over kill for this type of tank. I have 4-48 T5 HO. I have 2-96 watt PCs, I also have some regular 48" fluorescents. As far as co2, I have a set up for a calcium reactor that I could convert fairly easily, but I think that the overflow would negate the use of it.