Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
"Too much light" is almost an oxy moron (sp?). You can have too much, but 116 watts will be 4 short of 4 watts per gallon, and some people even do 5 wpg, so you should be fine.
I know what it is like to try setting up a planted tank on a kid's budget (I am 15)! It isn't easy, but it's do-able.
Bunch plants (aka stem plants) are plants that primarily get their nutrients from the water collumn (via leaves in comparison to getting nutrients in the substrate via roots) and look good in bunches. Bunch plants can have long, wide leaves (giant hygro) or have short, almost spiny looking leaves (rotala indica). They can make excellant contrasts in a planted tank, take a look in the photo section, there are some awesome tanks.
Good luck with this tank, I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.