Hmm...I definitely may have to look into the lion. I had always considered one, just not with the reef. Always just assumed I'd have to do an aggressive tank to have one.
Although I don't know how the boyfriend would feel because then he would definitely have to do all the work in the tank. Being severely allergic to fish & insect stings, you think I would have chosen a different hobby...but you know, you love what you can't have
Thanks for all the suggestions, it definitely helped & opened my eyes to a couple different possibilities. Much appreciation.