I went with a 33 gallon for my first tank. And you could probably have a member that's close to you coral sit them until you get your tank up. But it's too close to reef fest I think to have a tank up, cycled, and coral ready. I'd also recommend going with the soft coral option at Reef fest. Maybe a hardy LPS too. There are usually several options. I'd stay away from sps until your tank was mature and stable. I've watched too many corals die when I was starting out in this hobby.