just from what ive been seeing and not attacking anything anybody has said here...
it seems a lot of reefers, esp those heavily into corals, have been going back to BB tanks with just starboard to prevent glass breaks, and heavy skimming and powerful filtration andflow. it just seems to me like this makes much more sense- remove waste before it has a chance to break down, poop is not a pet, i dont want it in my tank.
of course it is really a matter of personal opinion. i think that both work fine. for those who feel more comfortable dealing with the natural, then a DSB
is probably for you, and if your into the mechanical part of reefing, then BB is probably for you. also its a matter of asthetics, and what you plan to keep in the tank.
for difficult corals like SPS
, i would probably go BB to reduce the amount of nusicance algae, phosphates, and nitrates that can sometimes pop up with DSBs, and also because they like extremely high flow and i dont want my sand being blown all over the tank.
then there is people that swear by using an inch of sand or CC
, i personally think thats best for fish only tanks or tanks with a few soft corals.
i really think its up to you and that you make it work or not.