Don't throw in the towel so easy. There are many options, and it can be confuseing, but the more you read the more you will learn. Sounds like you want at least some sort of coral "softies may be" but you want a lighting system other than MH. No problem, many non halide lighting systems will work fine for soft corals. I would first encourage you to keep on talking with people on this forum, there is alot of great sourses of info here. Also I will offer this link marineandreef.com/ Aquarium Reef Lighting Chart--Find the best aquarium hood lighting for all sizes of reek tanks to a lighting chart which shows recommended lighting fixtures for various tank sizes, depending on which corals you want to keep. Just keep on reading you will find the rite solution for yourself.