I have a 40+gal
long tank full of live rock and wonderfully healthy everything else. Fish: Clowns 2 and one baby yellow damsel. I want to put things in like anenomes, feather dusters etc etc etc. Now the last time it was full and beautiful the hurricane(S) got them(all inverts, and most fish). Got them all.. all but the last three mentioned above. I was told that I would need to get better lighting than the 48" blue actinic that I keep on them about 8-10 hours a day. Now hear me out, I have this friend who has anenomes, featherdusters, everything invertabrate that you can imagine growing and doing well in his tank and he doesn't have a light on it at all.. Except he turns on this "garage light 48" flourescent stick" to show off his tank when company arrives(he got it for $14 at wal-mart, hell my bulb for my tank light is $29.00). Now when there is no one around, he doesn't put any light on these things, I guess except the light coming in from a window across the room. So what is he doing that is so right and why is everyone at the lfs
out of town telling me that I can't get these inverts to thrive without this expensive lighting kit he's been trying to sell me for 18 mos now? Is this purely a scam or do you really need all those lumens? Someone needs to cut through the bs and give me some help. I want beautiful anenomes again for the clowns but I don't want to invest in expensive lighting. They didn't seem to need the lighting the last time but before they could grow and live, the hurricanes got us. Which looks like might happen again soon, but until then, I want inverts.. And pretty ones..Thanks out there for all and any help you can give me.