Update! The tank pictured above was my 20 gallon planted in plain old gravel.
I have since updated and transplanted into a "dirty 30" tank. My new tank is Miracle Grow with a little clay covered in Black Rock. The tank is a standard 29 gallon tall. I have a 17 watt 8000k in the hood and some additional 10w 6500k CFLs to help out. I would hang some lights, but it's in my "man cave" so I want to keep the light contained (it's football season after all). I dose a smidgen with API Leaf Zone and too much fish food a la Walstad style. The pump is the same Whisper 20-40, and I give it an two hours of bubble aeration at night. I still can't name half my plants. The fish are 2 Angels, 3 Corys, 1 Betta, 17 Neons, and a Shrimp or two.
I set up the tank on a Friday with plants, added fish on a Saturday. My chemistry hasn't got out of whack yet. I've done 25% water changes everyday just in case.
Here are the pics!
Setting up! (the little cave thing is for my Betta, he loves it)
Boiled driftwood and most of the plants inside.
Cycling on night one (ran multiple mature filters to set up)
Front today (a little cloudy, and my camera sucks)
The whole thing (with my ghetto lights)
Just for grins, my two week old 5 gallon planted. One of the plants has flowered up above the tank!
I'm so glad I found this forum. Thanks to all the Dirt folks! Love my dirt tanks!