Okay, so I think I have it laid out pretty well in my mind.
For the substrate, I think I'm going to put a bottom layer (maybe 1/2") of sphagnum peat moss with a little bit of organic miracle grow, covered by Flora max and/or Flourite. Would this substrate pose any issues with things like ammonia accumulation?
For the lighting, an Odyssea 2x24 HO fixture, probably with a plant bulb and a "life" or "sun" bulb.
As mentioned before, it has a Marineland Penguin 200 (to 50gal), plus there'll be an airstone and eventually a co2 system. For the moment, no co2.
The hardscape will probably include one or two pieces of mopani, and some river/lava rocks, maybe some cool pieces of slate or granite.
The plantstock will probably include anubias, a couple moss balls, an amazon sword, crypt. wendtii (green), and a couple water onions. Probably a java fern, too. For fish, probably tetras, loaches, mystery snails, ghost shrimp, and maybe an opalescent gourami or two.
Opinions/advice? I'll even take a sarcastic remark.
This is all new to me, so I would greatly appreciate anything y'all might have to say.