Hello All! I'm new to the SW side and though I would start a journal to record my progress and maybe ask some questions to the more experienced members here. So I have a 33 gal tank that I'm going to convert to SW. I also have 150w MH pendant that I think will work nicely over the tank. Ian recommended I get a Phoenix Bulb for it. Skimmer and Sump Question - Ive heard I can get by with a "good" HOB skimmer...something like a Deltec. My question is - should I just go with a sump? Equipment is not cheap so I'd rather do it right from the start to avoid spending more money finding out later that a sump would have been the better way to go. I would imagine that a sump is a good way to get equipment out of the tank but what other useful purpose does it serve? Biological filtration? Substrate - I really like the look of a bare bottom tank. Pros and Cons? I'll post up pictures of the tank these next few days... PS - Whats a good paint to use to paint the back ground?