Hey all, just registered. I built my own stand and hood (more pics later). I have gone through a lot of different methods and changes, trying to figure out what works best for me and is easiest to do. Many lessons learned the hard way, but valuable experience for me none-the-less for when I have the space and money for a larger tank(s). I like to be lazy so I tried to make this easy to maintain. I highly recommend the filters ($80 on amazon!), and I have 3 autofeeders which last for about 2 weeks before needing refilling.
Anyways, before some pictures of the build, here's the current finished product. Its relatively simple, but I really like how the tank turned out:
2 Magnum 350 filters (1 normal 1 polishing)
(4) 4' 32W daylight spectrum florescent light tubes (the kind you get at home depot)
Black Substrate from Petco.
Bunch of random fish
All the plants are Amazon Swords or Giant Vals. These things grow like weeds, haven't had much luck with other plants, but these 2 plants cover the tank pretty nicely IMO.
I bought the driftwood off Ebay. It took it about 2 months to sink, before that I put rocks on top of it.