Well, I've been taking my time with this, but I think I'm far along enough now that I can get started on a journal for it. I just finished filling it up with water, and I've gotten about half of the leaf litter in there. The rest is still soaking enough so it can sink. Anyway, for the specs:
24 gallon Current Aquapod
2x 32W 6700K PC lighting
Substrate - layer of peat moss covered with playsand
Filtration - filter chambers contain a foam block for mechanical filtration, and then a ton of ceramic and plastic bio-media. I'll probably add a bag of Marc Weiss Keta-Peat Nuggets that have had sitting around for a few years.
I've got dry ferts on the way. CO2 will be 2 1.89L yeast bottles linked together. I have a nano diffuser, bubble counter, check valve, and drop checker coming, too. CO2 will be hooked up when it gets here.
For plants, I have some Christmas Moss on standby in a container of water in my orchid/carnivorous plant tank which will be attatched to the wood. Otherwise, I'm probably going to be stocking with only some dwarf hairgrass, and Ludwigia sedioides. For fish, I'm looking into a pair of Apistogrammas...probably A. hongsloi. Still deciding, though. I'll also probably have a group of Corydoras habrosus, or another pygmy species.
A word on the water. Since my water comes out a little harder than I'd like for the fish I want, tap water first goes into a bucket with a bag of peat and a pump, to circulate for a few days...this gives it a nice yellow color, and removes a little bit of the hardness...then it goes into a larger holding container, where 4 gallons of the prepared water is mixed with 2 gallons of distilled. This container holds about 20 gallons, so I have plenty on hold for water changes.
Anyway, onto the pics!
This is just the wood with the supports to hold them upright. The grid will HOPEFULLY let me change them as the wood or bark rots too much
With the peat
And finally with the sand, leaf litter, and water...I would have taken a picture when I put the sand in first, but it looked terrible :P