well i had a 20 gallon before with like 4 plants in it, and probably 15 fish, i had like 3 snails, and 3 plecos, and they seemed to do a good job eating all the algae, i never noticed any buildup or film on my glass.
my plants seemed healthy as well.
as for lighting, lets say i have experience in lighting and plants.
im much ashamed to admit it but im an ex-pot grower...not much i dont know about lighting and all the different types.
im also most of the way through the first section of ballast university at advance transformer lol.
anyway ive had this 55 gallon for a long time and i really want to do something with it.
i dont much have a stand for it though....i might build one when i get some aquarium parts.
For lighting i was going to use probably 36" fluroescent lighting, probably 4 tubes, possibly HO or ODNO, and myabe 10,000K/2700K.
i want to get a few decorations that are large enough for lots of fish to hide in and big nough for big'ish fish, like a medium sized pleco....and a ropefish of full size.
how many fish would i be able to comfortably house in this tank, and what kinds would be good, pretty fish?
i am thinking some neon tetras, a beta, some angels, definitely a ropefish