Not that dark. It's still lighted, dimly.
Are you the same Gomer from Reef Central?
I just filled an Evolve 8 with Fluorite substrate. Stock lighting: it's surprisingly bright. No CO2. I just love the green-scape and the tranquility of a planted tank. Such a nice change of pace.
I did pick up some nice crypt, ferns, and frobit from Intermediate_noob (very nice guy). So, I just need some really short foreground plants.
Thanks for the great tips. I was hoping to buy local, to be sure they come from healthy tanks. But, you are right: plants are cheaper to ship.