I actually had the tank setup a while ago and took it down and re-start it up again. 2 neons, and 1 otocinclus had died already.
I was going to get flourite, but I guess i'll stick with my shultz aquatic profile soil. The heater I need, the tank is in my basement and it gets kind of chilly. I was thinking about getting a Ehiem canister filter, but man they are quite expensive. For this journal I will not be going with any background plants with the exception of java fern. The base will be carpeted with dwarf hair grass all away around the whole bottom floor of the tank. I will then have a center piece driftwood in the middle with java fern attaching to them. Maybe the driftwood could cover the filter intake (it's a tetra whisper 60). For my stockings, I plan on getting a few more neon tetras, a pair of silver or gold angels and 2 siamensis. I recall that siamensis do get pretty huge, so I will most likely return them once they get big, they are just my helpers for algae problems.
When I order my plants, I will be getting a few water lettuce to extract the nutrients that algae feeds on to prevent algae problems. I will be adding in my substrate sometime next week, or during spring break when i'm free from school.