yeah, it can be overwhelming. Ive' had aquariums since grade school, and things have changed a lot. I went over 10 years before getting back in to this hobby, and got overloaded trying to catch up.
Sounds like you have an idea of what you want, that's half the battle. The fauna might determine what type of plants and set-up you end up with. I read a statement, on here I think, where someone said - do you want a planted tank with fish, or a fish tank with plants. You can definitely have both, but it helps if they are close to the same requirements. The more forgiving the plants and critters are, the more room you have for trial and error.
I'm impressed every time I get on these forums, by the knowledge and experience I read on here.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
75, 2 - 55s, a 20 long, and 2 ten gallons - as well as an old claw foot, cast iron tub converted to goldfish pond
Fish - Glolight Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Chili Rasboras, Kubotai Rasboras, Tuxedo Guppies, Otocinlus and goldfish
Invertebrates - Neocaridina, Amano and Ghost Shrimp, Nerite and Mystery snails,