Tank: Likely a GLA 60-L whenever they get them back in stock. Also a garden mat under it.
Filter: Eheim 2215 (already owned)
Lily pipes: Best bang for my buck? Definitely these
CO2: Paintball CO2 diffused by a glass ceramic diffuser under my intake (already owned)
Heater: Hydor 200W ETH in-line (already owned)
Substrate: Aquasoil Amazonia + Power Sand + additives (Penac P&W, Bacter 100, Clear Super 100 if I can buy enough for a new setup off of a member...none if I can't)
Stand: Gonna build one if I can find some blueprints!
Ferts: EI Dosing.
Lighting: Probably this
Livestock: Otocinclus, maybe some Amano shrimp, dwarf/preferably pygmy corys and a school of Neon/Green Neon Tetras or any other similarly sized schooling fish.
Plants/scape: HC for sure....and this is where you guys come in.
I can't decide on the scape! I know for sure I want to use a carpet of HC but I don't know if I want to do something Iwagumi style, or if I want to do something with wood....or what. I was thinking maybe having the carpet in the front and some stems in the back...but I'm not really that good at visualizing something that I've never owned or used. I was thinking Ludwigia Pantanal or some other leafy plant I could use along the back to give it a nice bit of color and height in the back. I'd love to hear anything you guys have in mind or any pictures you'd like to post. The budget I had in mind is $250~$300, so feel free to post any alternatives to the equipment I've listed if it would save me some cash. Thanks again, folks.