Well I guess its my turn to show and tell. Let me first explain that I am not wealthy, nor do I hold any candle to those folks that have fantastic planted tanks. This is the combined effort of several months of gathering materials, begging, stealing and borrowing information and ideas to make this dream happen. I am not at all an advanced aquascaper, This is my 3rd real aquascaped /planted tank (not counting numerous grow out tanks).
190 gallon rimless polished edges / Eurobraced 76" X 20" X 30" Bought used from craigslist / completely re-caulked with Ge high grade silicone caulk as recommended in Scolley's thread. (Extreme DIY challenge)
(5) 2" bulkhead holes in bottom glass / reef tank style
(for almost completely hidden filtration a la Tom Barr.
Filtration: Pentair / Rainbow lifegard / old school canisters with a few add ons- 25 watt UV, fire plug 1000 watt heater module, etc.
Complete auto water changing system with top off valves and solenoids (Thanks to the threads and instructions Scolley and the rest of you auto water changers out there.)
Formica faced stand (looks ok; trust me it repels water)
Lighting: 5' Current Outer Orbit (2) x 150 metal halide, and (4) X 54 HO T5 ((retrofitted for a third 150 metal halide in the center.))
7700K MH bulbs purchased from here
6500 K 54 T5 HO purchased from here
Lost count of how many bags of ADA aquasoil 1 (12 I think)
ADA Powersand medium
Manzanita driftwood (of course)
Rocks collected locally
(2) Koralia-3 powerheads for water movement.
This is a work in progress; please feel free to critique and offer comments.