mrbelvedere: I'll probably go with something fairly simple. It will be my own style I guess, kind of a mix between dutch and amano scapes. I know for certain that I'll have blyxa japonica, ludwigia gladulosa, ludwigia brevipes, rotala sp. green and for foreground...either HC or glosso. As for slower growers for the wood, I'll probably use java fern "narrow leaf", moss(xmas moss?), as well as anubias barteri 'Coffefolia" which I already have. Fauna? Decent-sized schools(20-25) of rummynose tetras and maybe either cardinal tetras or harlequin rasboras. I'll also have a bunch of ottos and a school of cory cats. My wife wants me to get some angelfish, so we'll see
Nightshop: Why so little powersand? Well, originally, I was going to get 2 or 3 bags of it and 4 bags of AS, but decided to go 1 and 5. Someone in my club was suggesting this as just a small "base" foundation, but not to be overused -- mainly b/c it has a greater chance of getting mixed with the AS and also b/c many people use just AS alone and it works fine. I just wanted to add a little extra "umppph" (yes, that's a technical term).
kzr750r1: Yes, I agree that the 2026 may be a little underpowered for this tank. I'll have to see how things go. Since it was previously a fish-only tank, I had an Emperor 400 (HOB w/ bio-wheels) as well, but won't be using that as I'm afraid of too much surface agitation, etc... If I feel that I need more filtration down the line, I'll look into adding something...
Betowess: I bought the stand as unfinished wood from a LFS over a year ago and stained it myself. I used Mohagany stain to try and match our furniture, which is mostly darker wood. I'm not hanging the light from the ceiling as my wife would blow a gasket if I drilled any holes
I'm using conduit bars, which will be attached to the back of the stand and the light will hang from that. I've seen it done on tanks and it looks real slick.