Updating with photos and progress...sorry the pics aren't that great.
The tank sitting idol waiting for the stand and wall studs to be put into place.
I rewired my lighting, Mh and T5's are now on seperate plugs. My plan is to have the lights plugged into an outlet thats wired with a 3 way switch (1 switch in the main living area(front side of tank), and 1 timer/switch hidden from view(back side of tank).
Added cable heating system to bottom of tank prior to adding substrate.
Everything in place and testing the tank and stand for strength and leaks...everything checked out.
I built a tunnel out of PVC and covered the ends with black diamond blasting sand.
The tank before adding plants. I ended up going with MGOPS(Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil) mixed 50/50 with some reclaimed aquariumplants.com substrate. I bought this off someone who was rescaping their tank. I'm using black diamond blasting sand for my cap.
The foreground and 1st plants have been planted.
Marsilia Quadrafolia, Ammania 'Dwarf Bonsai', Micro Chain Swords, HC, Phillipine Java Fern, Saururus Cernuss, Lizards Tail, Nesaea Crassicaulis, Persicaria Kawagoeanum and a dwarf sword.
Next up is finishing the wall, working through the filtration and CO2 plans, and getting more plants. I've got a fair amount of space in the back corners. I'm looking for something that will grow tall, bushy, and reach the surface. Any suggestions?