We definitely want a reef tank with lots of brightly colored fish, but I think the majority of our corals will probably be fake; I tried SPS
once and I had to rehome them before I killed them. I've always loved sponges. I think they are just great, and for whatever reason, they seem to be really easy compared to corals. I've always loved anemones too, and zoas, but I've never been able to pull off the harder corals, nomatter how hard I try. It's probably my hatred of glaring lights.
My first saltwater tank (when I didn't have ANY IDEA at all) was a maroon clownfish, his anemone, a watchman goby, and his shrimp... And that was it. Unfortunately it was a 20g tank with no sump and it was a total PITA, not worth it at all, so after I met my fiance, he built the 50gL we have together now and we put everyone in there, added a few more (tiny)residents, and left it alone. That was our first SW
tank together, and we still love it, but it's a rather permanent fixture in the bedroom and we want something big and gorgeous for the livingroom.... Which is where the 260g comes in.
We definitely want some sort of clownfish, some sort of tang, and something small that will school, as well as residents for the sandbed. As long as we get those, we aren't too picky about which species... As long as they don't kill my sponges, lol. Nobody messes with my sponges.