I don't know how important money or its lack is to you.
But if you want to have a nice tank without spending $400 or $500, consider this soil-based tank:
Filter: None, or a HOB for circulation. ($7.00)
Lighting: White enamel shop light from Loews or HD plus two GE daylight tubes. ($35.00).
Substrate: Mulm, a little peat, and some subsoil, covered with 2mm - 3mm gravel. ($5.00)
Ferts. From the fish and substrate. ($0)
CO2. From the fish and substrate. ($0)
With this setup you can grow just about any plant that you can grow in a high light tank, just not as rapidly. That means that you won't have to prune as much, nor add ferts, unless you want to.