Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and also setting up my first marine tank. I purchased a used 125 gallon, which came with a chiller, a wet/dry, lights, and oak hood and stand, and live rock. A pretty nice set-up which I upgraded with a better protein skimmer, and I purchased 50 pounds of Vanuatu LR
(just done curing this weekend). Some of the old live rock is going into the wet dry to replace the bioballs, and the rest will remain in the tank.
So the family and I are trying to decide what type of tank to set up. We all agree that we prefer the look of the angels, and butterfly fish. This would pretty much mean that I cannot have much in the way of coral, I assume.
I spoke with the "fish guy" who moved my tank, and he feels that we can pick the invertebrates to suit the fish, and that there will be a few corals that the fish may leave alone.
So does anyone have any opinions about setting up a tank, that, while not truly a "reef tank", can still have some of that look, with the more resistant corals and inverts? I have been doing quite a bit of research and my understanding (correct me if I am wrong) is that some species of butterfly are more likely to damage coral than others, and that individuals vary.
And by the way,what is the danger of some species of butterfly making short work of my beautiful vanuatu LR
? My current thinking is to get the LR
into the tank, wait on any questionable fish, see what comes from the rock in the way of hitchhikers, and after a few months make my final decision as to whether to go reef or FOWLR
Thanks for any advice any of you can give.