If you go the no glass lid route, I think you might regret it. A lot of people do that, but your fish will have a tendency to make themselves into dried up fish jerky. Also, you will get more evaporation than you expect. You will have to top that thing off at least every couple of days in addition to your regular cycling. As someone who has had to reduce my lighting because of algae problems, I think you get plenty of light through the glass lid.
Two 1 GA desktops, a 5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon, a 10 gallon, a 20 gallon, a 25 gallon, and two 75 gallon tanks, all planted.
I am an expert on algae, so ask me if you have questions. I know how to grow it, just not how to get rid of it.