Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
What is your goal? Do you want an aquarium, or do you want to sell plants? A LOT of the confusion over this issue stems from the more is better idea. More light is good right? Yea, well, not always. Let me give you my real life experience with planted tanks in 4 or 5 sentences.
I used to have a little tank with fish and plants in it when I was a young kid. My dad did all of "the stuff" to make it work and I just enjoyed the swordtails and the snails and the platy. Then I grew up and wanted my own tank again. I got a marine tank though. Well, after many years and 10s of 1000's of dollars later I had to take all of it down and take a long hiatus. My memory of reef tanks included huge light requirements for acropora corals and minutia that boggles the mind when it comes to hobbyist level aquarium keeping. Heck I had $1500 just in books on the topic! Of COURSE I wanted to have a successful tank! I was bound and determined that it would be a showpiece.
How little I understood about fresh water planted tanks at that point in time.
So off I went to the store (e-bay, amazon, local, and specialty online) and got a nice setup that didn't cost more than my car and I set about putting it together. Time goes on and now I have 3 tanks. The main "high tech" tank with the grass and the crypts and the stems that I have to trim every week, a desktop 15 gallon kit tank that has nothing special at all on it. And a fry tank that holds my excess plants temporarily until I get to the ridiculously out of the way fish store that buys them from me. The big tank has pressurized CO2, a reactor for it, dosed EI, huge canister, spray bars...it's got all the toys. That one you might have seen in early posts in this thread - it's got the Zoo Med Deep Domes on it....great tank, lots of maintenance, and a joy when I have time....
The desktop 15 gallon is low light, no ferts, no CO2, and no headaches. Ever. Not. One. I have a school of CPDs in there that produce like rabbits, and plants that although they grow, don't drive me nuts needing trimming every water change. Oh, and ZERO BBA....
So think about yourself in 6 months. Where do you want to be? Do you want to set up a FrankenTank and have to piddle with it an hour every 2 days or do you want to just sit and enjoy it, even if that means those bacopa take a month to hit the waterline instead of 5 days?
Just something to think about...
Good luck (get the 13w Sylvanias)