Alright, so here's my modest beginning. LFS plant selection left a lot to be desired, so looks like I'll be turning to the web. Just threw like $2 worth of minnows in there to cycle. The sump runs great but it's just not possible to get rid of 100% of the noise. I might just end up going with a nice canister once I get my tax refund.
Town 'n country. How about you? Is there a good local store for plants?
I live in South Tampa by MacDill AFB. The place that has the best selection for plants that I've found is Marine Warehouse on Hillsborough. They have the biggest/best selection by far from all the stores I've been to. Prices are ok and sometimes on the high side. I'm in there a couple times a week bringing them stuff haha. Steve is the guy in charge of ordering all of the plants and is a good knowledgable guy. What kind of plants are you looking for?
That's where I already shop, so good news on that front. I don't really know what I'm looking for, but nothing really caught my eye. It seemed to be mostly generic-looking stems, but definitely a large selection.