AJ it is very hard to be patient. Being in the same boat myself at one point I started with digi's Purple and Yellow/Green and caps. They survive throughout all my ordeals and now are thriving. I can give you a free piece of each one if you swing by Garfield NJ 07026.
Here some people may sound harsh but the mean well. Ultimately you make you own decisions and do not feel so bad about it.
Monti caps are awesome especially when they table. The orange ones pop.
Green star polyps look cool on flat rocks and they glow under actinics. Keep them isolated cause they spread.
Zoas and Palys are nice.
Try some display types of macro algae. I would plant some red gracilaria and when you get a tang it will have a great transition diet to help acclimate itself.
My easiest coral is my Hammer and brains. I dont know why but that thing has tripled in size in 2 months. I barely feed it too, once a week i shoot some zooplankton into it and once every 2 weeks i'll throw a small piece of shrimp into it. The brains are the same regimen, once a week some zooplankton right into its mouth and then once every 2 weeks i'll throw a silverside or a small piece of shrimp onto its mouth and they eat it right up. They're huge as well. I'll upload some pictures tonight.
As for the easiest..Zoa's, and don't knock them. Under blue LED light they're nice looking with all the colors
Chalices are not sps, they are lps. There's already a lot of good info from people who know what they're saying- stay away from sps until you see that your softies and zoas are nice and healthy, learn how to keep the calcium/alkalinity/magnesium balance and then start with some monti caps and birdsnests for example.What about chalices guys? Are those hardy enough as a starting sps?
Chalices are not sps, they are lps. There's already a lot of good info from people who know what they're saying- stay away from sps until you see that your softies and zoas are nice and healthy, learn how to keep the calcium/alkalinity/magnesium balance and then start with some monti caps and birdsnests for example.
By pasty he means that calcium deposits will build up and clog the pump, prefilter is will do nothing to stop it.