lighting is 55watts CF from Coralife. The problem with the camera is that it does not let you turn off the flash without going into slow shutter mode, which makes the pics blurry and yellowish. I tried sitting in on a chair, a box etc but that is still the best it will do. I picked the wood out myself from the shores by a river where I went fishing. I know people say not to use random wood from outdoors, but it was really clean and dry, a cool shape and almost a perfect size, and I haven't had any problems with it yet other than some moderately serious tannins which i have just been controlling the best I can with water changes. This specific tank has only been set up for around 4 months, but I've had the same plants, fish and everything for a couple of years. I have been having to re-setup the tank every 6 months or so because I move around a lot with school.