I've been doing some research and there appear to be some invertebrates that will do well without special high intensity lighting. This interests me as it would save me alot of money if I could put together an interesting reef tank without spending too much money on lights.
Regarding anemones, I understand I should avoid Aiptasia but what about tube anemones? From what I understand a tube anemone would do fine under regular aquarium lights. Now I know clownfish probably wouldn't choose this anemone as a host but they are cool looking and if no one has reasons why I shouldn't..... I think I'd like to give this one a try. Another anemone that "may" do okay without high light is a caribbean anemone? Does anyone have experience with them under regular lighting conditions?
(Normal fluorescent tubes)
Now I have also read that feather dusters will do well without high intensity light and I am particularly interested in a dwarf colored feather duster. Also I have read about some clownfishes choosing to "play" in feather dusters? Is that common or fairly uncommon?
There seem to be many options of soft coral that will do well without high intensity light but these are expensive.
I also am interested in polyps like the button polyp and mushrooms like the blue mushrooms....both of which will do well with regular aquarium lighting. However these both come with warnings that they could reproduce rapidly.
Can this stuff be pruned like plants can be?
Most of these things are listed on live aquaria as semi aggressive? I'm not sure how that works with compatibility issues, particularly in a small 20-29 gallon tank. Since I have never had a salt water tank it's hard for me to even grasp the idea that these invertebrates are animal despite the fact that I've always thought of them as flowers! I know I'm a moron! Also how do you figure out how much/little you should have? Is there a rule?
So what do you think? Is it possible to have a 20-30 gallon with live rock, some of the invertebrates I've mentioned as well as maybe a small sea star, cleaner shrimp, and 1 or 2 clownfishes? And do it all without high intensity lighting?
And if so what order would I go in as far as set up. From my understanding I would do the live rock first, let it cure, and let my tank cycle.
Also will the live rock "cycle" my tank over time or do I need to deal with dead shrimp and what not?
Then what comes next.....the fish or the other invertebrates?
Thank you in advance for your patience....