I'm jumping into your hobby with both feet.. literally, I could fit inside my tank (it wouldn't be comfortable) and I'm 6' tall...
I've got a background in construction and can pretty much build/repair anything I can get my hands on (so i'm a DIY kinda guy - but I'll spend a couple hundred dollars to save me a full weekend of work)
enuff about me..
Here are my intentions:
I'd like to start a mixed reef tank that is relatively easy to keep clean (i've got a touch of OCD) and here's what I'm starting with:
*60X18X20 glass tank with overflow boxes in the corners (and Durso type standpipes)
*AMiracle ProLine 2000 trickle filter that has some cracking in the bulkheads that I plan on repairing with acrylic
*Fluval 404 canister filter
*Aquanetics UV sterilizer
*Several powerheads for circulation in the tank
*Berlin Classic Skimmer
*Blue Line 40HD-X external pump
*Canopy for the unit contains 2 MH lamps and 4 T12 HO fluorescents with actenic bulbs..
*Base cabinet to hide all this stuff...
I got all this stuff on trade from a buddy at work, it was used (from a guy that owned a LFS) and for the most part it all runs well and I was able to clean it up (with the exception of the pump, I've got to get another impeller assembly for that)..
What are my odds of being able to pull this off?
<oh and anyone who got the austin powers reference in my title gets a gold star for the day>