I've read Michael Paletta's "The New Marine Aquarium" - excellent book! Unlike you, I decided to go SW
on a whim when my fiancee and I moved into our place. I've been really lucky - now I've been really meticulous about doing the research and getting a second, third, fourth opinion about anything. This board is probably the best there is out there for information....good luck!
7# live rock
2 clowns, a royal gramma, a clown goby, and a banggai cardinal
1 cleaner shrimp
blue, red, green crabs
nassarius, astrea, black turbo, margarita snails