First post here. Returning to fresh water after an exclusive decade or two with terrestrial species. Your tank piques my interest because I am starting with a 11.4 Mr. Aqua cube, IN SF!
Tank: Mr. Aqua 12G Cube
Stand: cabinet with doors
Filter: Zoo Med ...500 I think, not purchased
Lighting: DIY par30 ~50 watt 6000k single LED pedant
Substrate: Black Diamond
Hardscape: NO IDEA
Flora: NO IDEA
Fauna: Tap water: CHECK
I don't plan to use an under gravel filter...
I plan to use a plastic spray bar that'll span the entire length of the tank top side.
GOAL-- a good deal of plants. A few tetras.