what is the dimension of your tank? If you have a long and narrow tank 48x20x18, then I suggest FOWLR
, if you have a tank that has a bit of depth to it such as 30x24x24 then it is a lot better for Reef.
Reason is because if you use a narrow tank for reef, it will end up the aqua scape is going to look like a "apple stand"
Also if about budget, FOWLR
is a lot cheaper for the long run where for Reef is a lot of extra cost on lighting, filtration, dosing, etc. However, watching the coral grow from frag to a colony is very rewarding.