the key to growing plants instead of algae is to provide as much light and nutrients as the plant can use without providing too much leaving left overs for algae.
If all you want is java fern, anubias and other easy plants, then you still have to say how much green you can add at the start. If you can only afford 5 little sprigs of java fern or anubias, then less light should be added spread over the entire tank... if you can.
If you are buying from a fellow hobbyist or have the cash to blow at the LFS and can put green from end to end, then you can add more lighting.
What's your budget on plants and what's your budget for lighting?
There's a great DIY lighting trick for low light plants using spiral fluorescents... have you seen the DIY thread? http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/view ... p?t=150361