Now lets get it planted and figure out the lighting
I spend a few hours planting the mini christmas moss, buce and various other plants. added sand and filled with water. I did some research on lighting and since I wanted an open tank, I ended up buying this LED grow light at Home Depot. I read the reviews and they stated that it was the best LED grow lamp that looks like natural sun. I bought some bookshelf brackets to hang from the wall so I could mount the light right above the tank and be able to adjust the height. The light didn't in fact have a natural sun look. It was way brighter than I expected it. So bright in fact, it lit up my whole room this pinkish purple color. I also decided to add CO2. Even though the plants I chose didn't really need co2, I figured the benefits are too good to not use it. I already owned a CO2 unit not in use so I figured why not.. But that fricken light. I just couldn't do it. Not to mention the heat output in my little office would start to cook me in no time. So back to Home Depot I went. Even when I returned the lamp, it was still hot to the touch after an hour in the box. I was so obsessed with the lighting that I hardly payed attention to the planting and how it looked.. The exact opposite of the idea I had in my head. I had issues with my Nano Lilly Pipes fitting such a shallow tank. Let alone where I was going to place my co2. Everything looked like crap and nowhere near the idea I had at the start.
Bump: So I had two desk lamps and wanted to try these new cree bulbs everyone is raving about. I popped off the tops of the light bulbs and went to setting everything up. Still not addressing the lilly pipes or the co2. One thing at a time!