I've been working on a 90-gallon tank that I snagged for $20 a couple weeks ago (with stand, light, sump, and pump haha). I've had a 29-gallon tank with a gravel substrate that I threw a couple of plants in, but decided to use soil on this one. It's still a little cloudy but clearing up. Here's a list of what I've used so far.
90 Gallon Glass Tank (48x18x24)
Pine Stand (Refinished)
950 gal/hr pump
Super old basic sump
2x 300W Heater (in sump)
Tek-light fluorescent fixture that holds 8 T5s (only using 4 currently)
Organic Potting Soil
Quickrete Medium Sand cap
Wild Collected Rock (soaked in H202 for a few days)
Osage Orange Branches (wild collected, also soaked)
Anubias Nana (Not in tank yet)
Java fern (Not in tank yet)
(To be transferred from 29 gallon after cycling):
Dwarf CPO Crays
I'm planning on adding a school of Rummynose Tetras and a Bamboo Shrimp once I'm sure the tank is totally mature. I'm also going to build my own LED lights once the parts arrive to replace the big T5 light.
I've been dosing Flourish Comprehensive, Trace and Excel.
The osage orange is such an awesome wood. It's extremely hard and has a cool gnarly look. All in all, it's turning out to be a very inexpensive set-up so far. If you guys have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.