So i've got my 10 gallon cycling for my first saltwater experience. But in the meantime, as hooked on saltwater as I am, I'm contemplating what to do with my 75. One hangup i've had with the 75 is that once i'm more experienced, i'll want to do a few anenomes and corals. Now the lighting i've looked at for the 75 to get me above 5 wpg
is going to run me 300 and up, which is money I really don't have to spend on lighting. Now, i'd still like to do this as a saltwater tank, but i'd be pretty depressed with a fish only. What I was contemplating was perhaps having about one third of the tank be a bit of reef. For example, pile all the live rock into a reef shape structure on one of the sides. This would leave me with a sort of reef and open swimming space structure. Now the question is, if i did that, and stuck a proper 250W Metal halide or equivalent above the reef area and regular lighting over the swimming area is it going to cut? Thanks for your thoughts.