I was running two tanks, a 29 full of plants that had been a bit neglected over the years since it pretty much ran itself, and a 55 with Mbuna Cichlids.
I like the planted tank more than the Cichlid tank. The only plants that didn't get eaten/dragged around were hornwort and java moss. The planted tank had so many different species of things in it, with a lot of plants, many inverts, any different fish, with things hiding and later appearing - it was more interesting and fun to watch.
The 29 had a CF fixture I'd built that took some older square pin bulbs that were getting harder to find and more expensive. So when the bulb finally burnt out I decided to go down to one tank, converting the 55 to a fairly low tech planted tank. Low light. No CO2. Easy plants. I am adding Excel to give the plants a bit of extra carbon and give them an edge over algae. The 55 is a bit over-filtered since it was a Cichlid tank with a Penguin Emperor 400 and an Eheim canister. It had an Emperor 280 on it as well (overfiltration is good for Cichlids), but I pulled that.
The 29 had a lot of driftwood in it that I moved into the 55. Here we are shortly after moving everything over. I basically set up a driftwood wall with anubias on it, with a few java ferns and hunks of java moss throughout. A couple crypts in the gravel below.
All low light plants, so I had a Coralife Aqualight T5NO on it at this point.
The Planted Tank - Aug. 24
I added back the original fixture which has a T8 GE Plant And Aquarium bulb in it. It put some more PAR in there and warmed up the light, the T5 bulbs were pretty cool. With the wood soaking longer, there's some more peat staining as well.
Now I've got it set up now with more plants. Added water sprite, some dwarf sag, pygmy chain swords, and some bolbitis (that's not really taking off). Also have some Bacopa monnieri on the sides and some hornwort that has a mind of its own. Also added more Crypts. The substrate is just plain aquarium gravel with some fluorite mixed in with root tabs for some plants.
The Planted Tank - Oct. 7
The current inhabitants are some Glow light Tetras, Neon Tetras, Black Neon Tetras, Amano Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp, Rams Horn Snails, Pond Snails, MTS, and a bristlenose.