Well after about a years worth of research, I have decided to finally delve into a new project. My original plan was to get a bimac but because of size restrictions I figured it would be best to start with either a joubini or mercatoris. The tank has been running now for about 5-6 months. I don't plan on actually getting an octo for another few weeks because the settup isnt ready yet. I haven't sealed the top yet because I still haven't gotten a new skimmer and I dont know which one I will be getting yet. I was thinking that I would go with the bak pak. Any suggestions? However, I know alot of people are into getting into this hobby and figured that as a newbie myself it would be good to start a thread like this where others can learn from my experience and hopefully not so much my mistakes. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated as well as any ideas on a reputable place to get a dwarf. Thanks.