Hello all! My name is Colin and I've FINALLY pulled the trigger on starting (rather exploring) my interest in saltwater aquariums/reefing after +6 months of countless hours in research and investigation. With an end goal of a reef and fish saltwater tank in mind, I have a feeling that this will grow from a hobby/interest into an obsession. And I look forward to it Background: My entire childhood, from when I could remember to me moving out of the house ~18 y/o, my dad has been a saltwater tank FANATIC. Like the kind of fanatic who went out into the oceans of Hawaii and caught his own livestock throughout the early 90's (we were living in Honolulu at the time), regardless of the probable? legal repercussions at the time. Since then, my fascination has always been in the beauty and understanding of saltwater life. He, unfortunately, has not been in the picture for quite some time now, but I fully intend on carrying out that passion and legacy through my own experiences and help from passionate people in this community and other alike. I look forward to learning, being involved and sharing with this community as I grow as a reefer and I appreciate TCMAS for helping me to do so. Current Stage: I have acquired a 80 gallon aquarium with a 20 gallon sump with my next intentions of buying materials to build a sturdy stand, return pump and PVC plumbing for a Herbie style draining system - with the knowledge and understanding of needing to drill, clean and prep for water application. Then of course all the necessary additions to getting water into the tank and starting my cycling. The road has just barely started, but I look forward to the struggle, frustration, constant perseverance and long road of getting the tank acclimated and ready for life. I look forward to all the assistance, stories and recommendations this community has to offer! Be rest assured that I will be "creeping" on countless forums/posts and awing over the beautiful tanks out there and fully intend on being physically involved with events. Thanks and happy reefing!