I think the main advantage to starting with FW
is that you get comfortable with the routines of keeping fish and learn about tank cycles, etc. Well, plus FW
fish are harder to kill.
I think the skills/experience gained with FW
are a benefit. That said, if you're willing to reseach and learn and be patient, going straight to SW
shouldn't be a problem. Just from being on these boards a little while I as have I can see that most of the problems people run into come from 1) lack of research prior to buying; 2) people putting too much into their tanks, too quickly; and 3) someone who has had a tank up for a couple of months thinking it's a "success" and starting to take shortcuts/move too fast. If you can avoid those pitfalls, prior FW
experience (or lack thereof) won't really matter, I don't think.
tank with 29-gallon sump
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
29-gallon with two goldies, Carrot and Orangehead