My next big dilemma...
is stocking. I've always loved the reef tanks I see out there and like the small critters/inverts/corals mixed with some little fishes.
On the other hand, my girlfriend and I are both big fans of Picasso Triggers. She's also a big Dogface Puffer fan.
Lately I've been leaning towards FOWLR
Pros: Easier for beginners
Less Expensive Lighting
Cons: No corals/critters
#2) If I go with a 75-90-125G FOWLR
tank the only filtration I really need is 1.5-2lbs base/live rock and a protein skimmer? I'd still to include some type of under tank sump/fuge to hide the plumbing and any other equipment.
#3) Would probably start out with the Picasso Trigger because he's our favorite and a good fish for beginners from what I read. From what I've read they seem compatible with the Dogface Puffer the GF loves so much and I'd like to add one after.
But after that I'm not sure. I just don't know what else we could eventually put in with them. With a reef your choices are endless with all the corals and inverts, but it seems with Triggers you really limit what you can keep together.
I know this is more than an art than a science but besides the article on this site and the chart on LiveAquaria.com I can't find too much great reference material.