Nothin' like a blank slate! Seems to depend on what you'd like to do with it. My current start-up phase 1g nano is low tech--eco complete, hornwort for now, couple snails. Later I'll add plants more to scale and a shrimp I think. It sits on a table in the bay window and that's all the light it gets. I'm just topping it off. No chems. No filtration or co2.
I haven't ever had algae in these table top tanks--they always sit in the window and seem to balance out all by themselves.
I have a 5g hex eclipse with a screw in CF at work with same substrate, java fern, moss, hornwort, and lutea that houses a betta and 4 mountain cloud minnows and a tribe of snails. It gets a teeny dose of generic ferts when I think of it. The filter has just a sponge in it.
So the light depends on where you want to go with the tank [ a very cool sounding tank, by the way] I think.