Thanks, Fizgig, yes, you did clarify things. I have some large anubias that were planted directly in the gravel (with the crown out) in my previous 75 gallon and would have done them the same way. Good to know not to.
I was thinking you used the tempered glass due to rambunctious breeding activities and wondering if my 155 would hold up, lol.
I've been researching a planted goldie tank for a long while now and had often wondered if something like your set-up would work (large pebbles on top). I kept reading that goldies are so messy you need a bare bottom with plants in pots (not a look I like). I'm thinking the addition of so many live plants more than make up for any other issues.