Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Rather than going with a kit or package deal, I prefer to get each item by itself, and make sure that each individual part is well suited to the set up and my maintenance preferences.
The standard 29 gallon tank is a reasonable size and shape, or a slightly lower one like a 30 gallon breeder if you want bottom oriented fish. If you do not mind the rim, Aqueon makes a decent tank.
I do my own carpentry, but would suggest looking really hard at stands. Avoid particle board. Make sure it is well made, not just stapled together.
I like the Aquaclear line (Now Fluval) of HOB filters. For a 30 gallon tank I have used the 50, and I have run a 70 on my 29 gallon, but that is a bit much. The mid sized canister are good, too.
If you want a hillstream tank, then I would add a Koralia to increase the flow.