The light should be enough, and the filtration is good but you might find that you want another power head for increased flow. Wait to see, though. It is a very sleek looking tank with the lights, but yes, it will be very frustrating to access, especially with plants (positioning plants, trimming them, collecting trimmed bits, etc.) For an intro to planted tanks, I think a traditional open top tank will be much more enjoyable, as you'll probably find yourself tweaking stuff in the tank constantly in the first week or so. To avoid the canopy in a traditionally shaped tank, you could cover the tank with a sheet of milk crate and have a hanging fixture or some spotlights. I like those best.