Originally Posted by Geomancer
I don't, and won't. All the fish I plan on keeping come from dark environments and I don't want to stress them. Fish first, plants second. That's why I went only with low light plants. I only have 64 watts on the tank (watts/gallon rule is totally bogus anyways).
You don't and wont what? You lost me there...sorry.
That is good you are thinking about the fish, I don't know what stock you are keeping.
I provide all my fish with enough cover and the light is mainly in the middle of the tanks so they have a lot of hiding spaces. After I added my new lights, the tank is really bright so they need the cover. I need to add some floating plants to give them more cover (will do that today).
Because you are going to cover over 80% of the top with floating plants you might want more light eventually. I guess you will just have to wait and see how it all works out but IMO i think you will eventually need a little more lighting.
I find the watts/gallon to be a guide rather than a rule, it has come in handy while finding the right lights for my tanks. All of my tanks are well under the 2 watts/gallon rule. I am going as what my plants and fish require, as you said--their health is most important.
I feel the need to take care of both as much as possible because keeping healthy plants will assure healthy water for my fish :)
Have you thought about getting some rocks to create a cave? I remember on your drawing of the aquascape you had planned to have two rock area. I think if you wen through with something like that it would be great!