I've had this tank running since mid June. This represents my second attempt at a planted tank, though my first attempt in earnest to actually build such thing. Originally I had no real clear concept of what I wanted or where I was going. The tank started with a pair of Java Ferns which have since become... well... a lot, and I just keep plunking them on the wood with the others when I find one floating around where it isn't supposed to be. Additionally there was a clump of Java Moss which has gone from being tied to the wood, to split up and made into a Moss Wall with some of the moss still on the wood, to being tied to a rock, etc. etc. etc.
A friend of mine had some extra crypts and unknown vals which he gave to me and I purchased a pair of Amazon Swords to give some shade and a place to hang out for my SAE/Oto cats. Some Duckweed was added to further subdue the lighting, however now I don't want it subdued and I end up spending 30 minutes every week with a net removing the stuff which becomes a very thick mat in that time.
Anyway, tank specifics -
Substrate is 50/50 flourite onyx sand/gravel and play sand
136Watts of light (56W T-5 Coralife strip and 80W T-12 Shop light) 10hr photo period
Inhabitants - Giant Danios, Bala Sharks, SAEs, Oto Cats, a trio of Clown Loaches, and a smattering of Ghost Shrimp.
I really need to stop being lazy about trimming and get in there and remove those old leaves from the swords
. Anyway, I hope you like it, or maybe have some ideas on how to improve it.