A little about me... I've been keeping fish since I was 18 (which sadly is more than 10 years ago, boy does time fly) In that time I've kept freshwater community, Agressive (loved my green terrors), Pond/Aquaponics, Saltwater fish only (mostly Stingrays) and my 40g Reef which I had for 4 years. I recently just sold it as it was pretty maxed out on space and I need a project to do while my better half is away for the next 6 months. So my plan is to setup a low tech planted tank as it seems more of my style.
Filter: Rena xp4 (if it doesn't leak as it was in the fish box for 3 years)
Heater: 300w glass heater
Substrate: Humbolt Earth Potting Soil (seperated out perlite and bark) mixed with sand over beach pebble base, capped with all purpose sand
Lighting: Custom 3528 SMD LED Strip lighting (Should be here today!!)
Plants: Not too sure yet... I know I'm thinking of a hygro, and some dwarf hairgrass, but I need to spend some time looking around at what I like and how it will fit into my aquascape.
Inhabitants: 25 neon tetras telling me to hurry up so they can move in (thinking of getting more as petstupid is having a $1 neon tetra sale you can't beat)
Now for pictures (sorry they are tablet pictures)
First layer of large stones, egg shells (great for calcium. I use them in my aquaponics all the time) and a light sprinkle of Iron Chelate
Was going to use the soil to shape the substrate, but changed my mind. Used a small beach pebble for base of the shape
Soil in the water. All the perlite and bark floated on the surface
The mud I was left with after I poured off the water
Pebbles capped in 1" of soil mixed with sand