I only say about buying stuff because, believe me, I've done the same thing. I have to fill a 220 gal
tank with corals and tiny frags just don't cut it. After spending lots, and still having the credit card bills to prove it (lol), I've decided I like leather corals the best of all. I've killed a Torch coral, a Birds Nest, an Alveapora. I'm not sure I killed them but they aren't around anymore so something killed them. Here's what I have in my 220: Gonoipora (most say they last only 6 months), Green Star Polyps, Big Toadstool, Green Pagoda, Devil's Hand, Small Xenia Frag, Green Finger Leather, Brown Button Polyps, White Pipe Organ, Two Colt Corals, Frogspawn (fading fast, from 6 heads to 2, and I'll never get another one), Yellow Scroll (boring coral, slow grower, does nothing), and a small Kenya Tree. My favorites are the colts, Toadstool, and Pipe Organ). Here's the thing, there is never a day when EVERY coral looks it's best. There is always at LEAST one that doesn't look so good on any given day and it switches all around, if you know what I mean. Right now, my FAVORITE Colt, which is usually the size of a soccer ball is all compressed to the size of a fist and has been like that for 3 days. For fish I have a yellow Tang, Blue Hippo Tang, Naso Tang, Percula Clown, Green Chromis, 2 yellow damsels, Bi-Pseudo (Dottyback), 6 Line Wrasse, 2 Anthias and an Algae Blenny. Clean up crew consists of about 45 or 50 Small Mexican Red Leg Hermits, 35 snails (Turbo, Stomatella, and others) and a huge Coral Banded Shrimp. I once had a Sea Hare but he got into a Koralia powerhead and met his death. My 220 is in my living room and feeds to the basement where I have a 100 gallon sump with an ASM G6 skimmer, Turf Algae filter, Refugium with mangroves and live rock, two media reactors running carbon and GFO
. My tank is barebottom, NO sandbed. It is lighted by 900 watts of metal halide and 300 watts of T5's. I have 5 Koralia 4's for circulation. I only skim from 10pm to 10am. My skimmer is the size of a small rocket ship and pulls as much out in 12 hours as a smaller skimmer would pull in 24. So running 24 hours only wasted my electric bill. This tank used to be a fish only with live rock and there are days I miss that as I loved my huge triggers, groupers, puffers etc that I can't keep with a reef tank. Also a fish only tank used way less electricity as it could be lighted by a few t5's only, didn't need 5 powerheads and a huge skimmer. I love my corals but miss my fsh but can't afford electric to run more then one big tank.