This is still at least a couple months off. We are looking at closing on a house to move in september. I am looking to my fellow 3reefers for input as the planning stages happen. I will update this as I have more time, but in brief: My fiance and I are house shopping currently to get me closer to the office. I have sold her on the idea of building a large(350-450 depending on available space) tank into the purchase of the house. As it is being figured into the mortgage, the budget is going to be roughly 10-15k after all is said and done but I am planning it *may* overrun a little. I want to do as much of this build as possible, and for cost reasons will probably build the tank myself. I have kicked around doing a plywood build but am hesitant because I really do want the 3 sided visibility of glass. Acrylic is pretty much off the table due to cost and not being 100% confident of my skill working with such a large scale. Tank dimensions will depend on available space but I am figuring someware between 78" long to 96" long with 96" being my prefered, 36" wide(the one dimension I have my heart set on) by 30" deep. Stand is going to be one of two things. Either a standard wooden structure, or if I can figure a way to justify the cost go ahead and do a steel stand. Anybody here done a metal stand of that scale? I am a competent welder, as is my boss and we have an association with a CNC metal shop that could help out with things. Current lighting plan calls for either 4-5 400w halides supplemented with t-5's or if the larger end of tank happens 3 1000w 20k halides again with t5 supplementation. I want to build a hanging unit that sits over the tank. Leaving room to work and air to circulate to keep temps down is important to me. Current thought on water movement is two Reeflow Hammerheads(one per side) feeding a total of 4 1" SQWD's with a couple extra static outlets. Tank is going to be drilled for the closed loop. I want to go this route VS Tunze's or Vortechs to keep chords and mess to a minumum. Either going to do 3 back wall overflows. I really want to do a set of central overflows, but have NO clue how to get enough water through them to make it work. Return pump is looking like it is going to be a Reeflow Barracuda so I have enough headroom to run accessories. Currently looking into the automation route, but I think a Reefkeeper Elite will be the weapon of choice. Going with a kalk drip via dosing pumps in addition to a calc reactor. Looking at ways to build in a semi-auto water change system as well. The skimmer is the one thing I am tossed up on, as something of this scale is COMEPLTELY new to me. What does everyone think? I would like to keep it reasonable, which rules out 1000+ skimmers. I was looking at the AquaC EV-1000 or something comprible. Alright, people...Chime in!