This is my 12 gallon low-tech setup.
It's an Eclipse 12, with the standard light. In addition, I have one of these LED strip lights from Ikea
, with two strips on either side of the tank, which are on from 10am to 2pm on a timer.
Substrate is local sand and Flourite. Hardscape is a piece of kopari wood and some porous rock I got at an LFS.
Plants include two kinds of java fern which have been going for over a year, and some crypts that I just added in last few months. I aded what Petco said was dwarf hairgrass (so it's probably actually from someone's lawn) about three weeks ago, that's the thready-stuff you see around...chiefly because my MTS love to dig it up. Lastly, there's a snippet of what I'm told is "coontail" hanging out by the heater.
I've got a batch of red cherry shrimp, a bunch of MTS, and some red ramshorns that aren't as red as they used to be.
I does infrequently with Flourish and maybe every week or two with Excel.
Shrimp get algae pellets, banana, spinach, and sometimes a scrap of protein.