Well, here is the scoop on this tank. My brother bought the tank for me for Christmas. He and I spent a week in the garage, after work, building tank stands and canopies for our tanks. We Built these big beautiful Birch furniture pieces to compliment our tanks. Shortly thereafter I moved out to a new apartment and I have yet to set up the tank that I have had for 2 months already. I have only weekends from here on out to do anything and I am impatient as hell considering that I have had it 2 months already... empty. I just want to go somewhere and purchase it so I don't have to deal with the package being dropped at the door or office building of my apartment.
About smaller stems, I don't plan to plant many if ANY small plants. I will likely be going with a medium amount of lighting @ ~2wpg and No CO2 injection and LOTS of Anubius and other smaller or slow growing plants like crypts.