I agree with awrieger and jdinh04, it is all what you can afford. I used to have what I called a planted tank, with the standard lighting that came with it. I would plant it, and it would look nice for quite a while, then gradually decline. I would go back to the pet store, buy more plants, and the cycle would begin again. Sporadic fertilizers, one of those all-in-one in a bottle, and not a clue about CO2. I thought this was how it was supposed to be. Then I found TPT, and I was absolutely blown away by the tanks I saw, and I had to have one. Again, not a clue as to how much money I was about to be spending! I bought a used tank and stand, and the guy gave me all his plastic, purple and silver plants. I just graciously thanked him and threw them away as soon as I got home! So there is a level at which we can be happy with our hobby, this guy just didn't have to be rude about it.