It is now after Christmas and I can move the tank into the Family room from the garage.

I dump in all of the sand from the bags i got and start filling the tank with fresh water (I plan to mix the salt in later) And all of this gross foam.

Immediately I see that the water is cloudy and will have to wait for things to settle out. 

Really cold water from the hose outside.

Gross foam. I tried skimming it off of the top. 

Lots of foam in the sump too

After a few days you can finally see into the tank.

I start adding some rock work 

Later on am informed i should place the rocks on the bottom of the tank so i have to dig down and drop the structure carefully to the bottom.

I decided the all brown look of the stand was not working for me so we decorated it and painted the trim.

Added some chaeto algae