For the lighting i'm using a Solarmax 30 quad 24 watt, approx 30lbs of live rock, aquaclear 30 with fliter floss and carbon media, Aqueon 500 and a aquaclear powerhead for circulation. As of right now no protein skimmer, along with reading on this forum and Nano-reef.com i've seen that a lot of people on nano-reef.com have been keeping smaller saltwater set-ups for years not needing one with no problems. I am not opposed to putting 1 on but if it is not needed I won't use one, i'm just going off of what people have used for set-ups and has worked for many years for them. As I said new to the hobby and always open to suggestion/advice from people who have done it for some time.
Using RO water from the LFS and its only 50 cents a gallon and thats fine for me to use until i can purchase an actual unit for my home. (suggestions for any particular unit are welcome! nothing huge or fancy needed)
Nitrite and Nitrate both 0
PH: between 8.2 & 8.4 hard to tell