A light is under 300 bucks you may have trouble finding one that you need for anemones and clams. The light is one of the most important if not the most important piece of equipment in a reef system. when I first started saltwater I didnt know much an many of my lfs
just wanted to sale me over priced lights. I asked them questions they gave me answers that wasnt true. They said the t5 light I had would grow many corals including anemones. I have t5 2bulbs I trusted them and got the anemone. Ive had it for about 8 months still alive no color. I just bought leds for my 140 which I will be setting up soon. But I wish I put forth more money and research on to what my aquarium needed. My aquarium right now is a 55g and the only color I have in my tank is gsp and mushrooms. Softies you can get away with, with any light pretty much. They have leds that many people use tao tronic and bridgelux. Ive heard many people who hVe had success clams anemones and sps
type corals. If you decide to get these get dimmable it will make you life easier. With these on a 48 in long tank you will need 2 fixtures. So you can spend between 325- 500 on led
lights. There is another brand my friend is getting its called "kessil a150s" these are suppose to be pretty good leds also. They are small you will need 2 of these also. They run about 225 each I think. Rapid led
you can the kits they also have solderless kits you pretty much glue and connect idk the price for the 55g kit though. I read parts of the forum I didnt click on any of the link with metal halids I would get a known brand atleast for the ballast bc I would afraid that ones like on ebay there ballast may burn out to quick they are prolly poorly made. Also you may end up buying a chiller to keep ur tank cooler bc the metal halid with raise the temp if not enough airflow between the light fixture and water.