I am venturing from my comfort zone (african cichlids) and am considering planting my 100 gallon tank, and stocking it with dwarf african frogs. It's a 60"x16"x24" (LxWxH) tank, and I'm currently running a Fluval 403 on it, with the spraybar situated near the surface to create agitation. There's also a sort of internal filter chamber, which I may or may not try to do something with (probably a low-flow bio filter chamber), or just leave it empty and see if any fish decide to use it as a cave, since it's got a hole near the bottom sized for 3/4" pvc to slip into.
Anyhow, I have yet to pick out the lighting for this tank, since none of the lights that came with it seem to work. My funds are limited, so I'm leaning towards a Home Depot Shoplight or two, though I might put a Fulham ballast and some T-5 waterproof endcaps on my christmas list.
It's currently got about 60 pounds of play sand in it, some concrete/styro rock features, and 2 guppies. I'd like to stock it with a dozen or two dwarf african frogs, and probably a handful of guppies or other livebearer to provide the frogs with the occasional fry for desert. (until my wife catches on and either flushes the frogs for eating the baby fish, or makes me take the guppies out).
I'd like to avoid CO2, trying to keep it simple and keep light requirements down (avoiding un-needed expenses, since if I had the money to spend on ueber-lighting I'd just get another filter and mail-order some cichlids).
I've never considered what plants to keep in a non-cichlid tank, so i'm open to suggestions. I do have hard water, though, and no plans to invest in an RO system.
Anyhow, thanks for your time, sorry for the rambling post.
-Rick (The armchair aquarist, who could probably have just posted "I'm starting a new 100 gallon planted tank, got suggestions for the newb?", but what fun would that have been?)