are you sure this is your first planted tank? this seems like a pros work, anyway, i love the setup but i have to say i liked the first rock/wood setup more than the one you finally decided, +1 on where you got the stand?
Aqueon 120 gallon community (planted)
ADA 120p - 65 gallon community (planted)
Eclipse system II tall - 30 gallon - mixed community (non planted)
AGA 20 gallon - lake Tanganyika shell dwellers (semi planted)
6.6 gallon nano planted red cherry shrimp (planted)