Here's a journal of my 135 gallon show tank. I built the stand, canopy and background. It's my first attempt at a styrofoam background, originally intended as a Malawi cichlid tank. The tank operated for two years with all-male haps / peacock cichlids, shown here:
However, I kept reminiscing about a planted tank I used to have and missed the movement and greenery. So I took the plunge and converted this tank last week. It's now intended to be a mixed community/rainbowfish aquarium. These initial pictures are just after initial planting with Gordon's group order:
The substrate is pool sand - which I agree is pretty bright. I hope to get a carpet going eventually - perhaps of marsilae minuta or something similar.
Filtration: Fluval Fx5 and Eheim 2217 in tandem
Lights: 2 x 36" two bulb T5HO, 1 x 96w PC
Fish: lemon tetras, rainbowfish, syno. cats, rainbow cichlids, angels (to be moved later), serpae tetras, festivum
Now the plan is get some growth on the plants. I've glued on several patches of moss on the rocks, which when spread, should look pretty awesome. I'm also adding fish - 6 rainbowfish (goyder river trifasciata) and 6 roseline sharks arrive today.
More pictures to follow as things grow and progress.