best fish for bright lights
I'm planning to return to the planted tank scene, but this time with a little bit more equipment, time, and research. I definitely want a nicely aquascaped tank, but I'm worried about the effect of bright lights on the fish. I was first considering harlequin rasboras, but they have rather subdued lighting in their natural environments. Apparently the same holds for many popular fish, including neons.
So I'm curious, does anyone know what fish are naturally found in strong light? I'm also guessing that many planted tanks have much brighter lights than are found in many natural settings. Is this true? I'm hoping to find a good balance between natural conditions and performance.
And if there are no good fish for bright lights, is it reasonable to use high powered lights to grow the plants into a dense forest, then drastically dial back the lighting to maintain them in approximately their current states and add the fish at that point?