I have a 29 gallon tank. I started with 1 T8 bulb and ended up with 3 T8's. It would have been cheaper in the long run to have gotten the T5NO from Big Als'.
I have used sponge filters, a power head and now a canister filter. Canister filter with pugeum is the best. I got the Ecco, which is rated for a 35. It is the minimum for the 29. Mulm built up using the other filters in less than a year and had BBA algae where circulation was poor. Plants like crypts need good circulation.
Plants seem to adjust to low light depending on the nutrients in the water from what I have seen. Also noticed someone whom had a T8 10000K over a 50 gallon and most of the plant grew well.
Cheapest way to start is with:
T8 fixture with Aqua-glo bulb.
Plant ferns, mosses, sags, and wisteria.
Use river rocks from landscaper.
Use Scotts top soil topped with river sand from landscaping place.
I just sift the river sand and then put plastic over it before adding water. When I didn't use the plastic the dirt got pushed up.
I have a (1)Coralife 10,000K High-Intensity Purified Super Daylight Lamp will I require more lighting.
Using this light Co2 will need to be injected or algae will take over.
Can I use a Marineland LED Double Bright Aquarium Lighting System
This light is too low for the specified tank.
Here is a thread
I have on lighting for my my 29 gallon tank.
No tank is the same. Even heard someone whom had 3 tanks side by side and treated them the same had algae problems with 1 tank. The lights are the engine and most expensive item for planted tank. Thus choose plants according to light you can afford. Starting out with 5 hrs seems to be the best. If you get algae and the plants are doing fine just wait it out.