I just started my second attempt again after a quick 3 month false start 6 yrs ago. So I am looking for small piece of live rock to seed my dry rock right now. Eventually I'd be interested in small frags to start populating. I'm near the ferry.
As far as online community, I originally used this board when I made my first attempt. This time around, this board seemed extinct so I started using reef2reef which is way more active. Could probably start a thread on their local section for SI. I'd be down to meet and learn from experienced reefers. I don't think there are many if at all LFS on SI anymore. There is one that I've never seen open on Bay st, not sure if they have SW. The one I knew of years ago was south shore and I don't know if it still exists.