Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Beaverton Oregon
My friend, you really should wait before buying anything else and read around on this site. You are going to end up spending more than you should on things that you will need to replace later if you want a successful planted tank.
You need a good substrate, good lighting, preferably CO2 injection, and a good dosing scheme of ferts, micros and macros.
I'm excited about your helicopter idea, very cool! With proper preparation and patience I'm sure it will turn out great.