Hi my name is paul. This is my first post, will try to keep it short as not to waste your time. First I'll start out with my equipment. I have been vigorously trying to research every thing I have bought over the last 4 months and have noticed a common tip to beginners not to go cheap and buy quality equipment. I hope I've reached a balance of quality and still save in some places. I could of gone super cheap and almost pulled the trigger a couple of times, but restrained and did not want to purchase items twice. So instead of jumping in with crap, I saved and went the slower route By buying better items here and there. TANK. Jbj 30 rl..........wanted bigger but the wife limited to this size due to our apartment size. FILTER AND SKIMMER. Hydor slim skim nano and intank media basket. I plan on using floss, chemipure elite, and purigen. POWERHEAD. Jebao rw 4 LIGHTING. Reef breeders Super lux CONTROLLER. Reef keeper lite HEATER. Eheim jager 100w and 150w........I was given the 100 w by my lfs in a raffle. BIOFILTER. 30 LB of live rock and 20 lb of the the live sand stuff that comes pre packaged. AUTO TOP OFF. tunze osmalator nano MISC. marinedepot refractormeter and plan on using instant ocean salt. Please review my equipment and tell me what you think....It was hard to get this stuff on a military man's wages. And my wife was surprisingly supportive about it. Thank god for taxes to recoup some of the Benjamins back. NOTE. I plan on keeping 3-4 small fish and also soft a d LPS corals. Sps down the road after I get my feet wet. The tank has only been cycling for a week due to marinedepot having to send me 4 tanks before getting one that wasn't demolished. I have a few noob questions. 1... Do you suggest I stick with the 1 lb lr per gallon rule. When I put all the rock in the tank it is extremely crowded. I prefer a good balance between open space and rock. But I don't want to negatively affect my bio filter. 2. My brother in law works for a local water delivery service and I'm planning on getting distilled water delivered to my house for water changes and top off. the price he is giving me is really good at .65 cents per gallon delivered to my front door (Family discount). He has verified that there is no copper in the distillation of the water and I've tested 3 different 5 gallon jugs of water with a Tds of 0. I know a lot of you guys are going to crucify me over this, but I feel that my water changes will only be about 4-5 gallons a week so it is not that big of a deal. What are your thoughts About using distilled water? Sorry for making this so long but I have invested alot of money into this and i want to be as succesful in the beginning as possible.