Yes, the dreaded newbie, but I'm harmless and a nice guy. Here's the deal. I have on occasion set up freshwater aquariums and they're neat at first, but there's little interaction with the tank and the fish aren't very exotic. So I'm thinking of starting up a salt-water system. I have been reading up on these for several weeks and have a general understanding. Most of my understanding tells me that if I screw up all of the fish will die and a plague of locusts will overtake the earth, leading to the doom of all mankind. I don't want that hanging over my head. One would think that I should start small, master the basics, then move up. However there's a problem with that. I'm the type of person who, if I don't go all in I'll lose interest. So I want to start moderately big. I'm thinking of a 55g tank or so. With that knowledge, I've been reading how each tank type has it's own benefits and deterrents. Ideally I would like to have a reef tank, but am open to suggestions. My kids would love to see a little nemo swimming around. I guess my question is this: What is the easiest tank set up? While I'm not daddy warbucks, I am willing to spend some coin if it's going to be worth it. I've been reading how under gravel filters are the best, but then overhanging filters are the best, then cannister filters, well it's a bit overwhelming. I'm looking for ease of setup, aesthetically pleasing, and possibly wiggle-room for changing things around. I am also not completely adverse to getting a smaller tank, learning the basics, then getting a bigger tank and using the smaller one as the quarantine tank. Any thoughts on the matter?