It is a Marineland 60 ensemble with a Fluval 406 (adding purigen as soon as it arrives), and an E300 heater. I had to get it set up fast as my 10 gallon was neglected for too long, and my ammonia levels were dangerously high. Unfortunately, and I really don't like admitting this, but my 5 tetras and silver tipped shark perished during the move. My pleco is happy for now though, and will be even happier when I start planting!
Substrate is 1.5-2 inches of CaribSea FloraMax. I am hoping I get good results with this. I will probably have to suplement more than I am expecting though.
I have 30 Jungle Vall plants on the way to start the background planting. I have ordered some driftwood as well so once it is boiled and ready, I will set it up and start planting the foreground and middle. This tank isnt very deep (12-13 inches), so that is the only limiting factor for me. I would have liked to have had a deeper tank for more planting ability, but I believe this will trun out to be a great first planted tank for me!
I am thinking about doing Discus and Rams, as well as some loaches and bigger tetras. I still havent nailed down the livestock plan yet though, so that may change.
I will not be doing CO2 yet because my lighting will be moderate at max. Plus, I will be fertilizing with Excel, Flourish, and Iron (so far). I haven't purchased my lighting yet, so I am using low power T8 right now. I will soon have a 48 inch T5HO fixture (2x54W), so that should serve me well.
If anyone wants to pitch in advice or suggestions, absolutely feel free too! I love learning!