I found a very nice gentleman here in Connecticut willing to part with his 55g Bowfront + Oak stand for 300 dollars. More than I'd ever pay for just the tank in stand, but he was throwing in a HOB skimmer. It was brand new and expensive on marinedepot, so I figured it was worth the trip. This is what I found out I was getting when I got down there:
Tank and Stand, brand new, no scuffing or scratches - like I just purchased from the store
AquaC Remora with MaxiJet 1200 pump (165 new)
AquaC Remora Pre-Skimmer box (25 new)
2x Rio 800 powerheads (20 each)
Two 200w heaters
36 Inch Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 Lamp High Output Fixture with working white/actinitics/LEDs (250 new)
bottles and bottles of supplements, a 20 gallon rubbermaid full of bottles and test kits (API Master, Kent Supplements, ESV, etc)
Fluval Canister Filter and extra media
So I bring my giant 'score' home and then phone my father of my great success. He tells me to come over, so that I can pick up more stuff. He's got a bunch of stuff squirreled away in his garage that I never knew about!
30 gallon acrylic sump
Lifegard Aquatics 40W UV Sterilizer QL-40 w/new bulb (160 new)
2x Hagen Aquaclear Powerheads 402 model (40 each)
Dry rock! Like 30 pounds of the stuff
Undergravel filter (yuck!)
TropicMarin salt bucket, unopened
Return pump, heavy duty lookin' guy
There's so much more than what I listed, this is just the big stuff off the top of my head. But I pretty much got everything I need to start my saltwater endeavor, for 300 dollars. Putting the tank up in my apartment on the 1st of December and then ordering live rock and live sand from Tampa Bay Saltwater (already emailed Rich from TBS about it) and it's go time. So stoked.
Maybe I'll get my RO/DI system now. Skip the sump for now, plump it in later or on the next tank. I feel so lucky!