Originally Posted by blhigbee
cant you have fish and coral together?
Just to clarify the info from Brian H, which is very correct BTW, you can have fish and corals together. Not all fish can be kept with corals though. Some marine fish are compatible only in a FO
tank. For instance, if you drop a trigger in a reef tank, he will destroy it in short order. Some fish will eat your corals also. Some will eat all your shrimp, crabs, and snails. There are some inverts that aren't reef safe either. A sand sifting star will decimate your DSB
by eating all the worms and pods
that live in it. You really have to do some research on this before buying livestock. If you want to start with a FOWLR
and graduate to a reef, be sure all your livestock is reef safe and that will save you many headaches down the road. Some of these critters are very entertaining to catch in a tank full of rock. The best way to do this would be to start with the DSB
and plenty of LR
. You shouldn't have much trouble keeping your water quality up to reef standards. Actually, your corals will probably do better since you will be adding them to a more mature tank than if you started a reef to begin with.