If you want to go in the cheap, use black diamond sand as mentioned, then keep the socks in place in your sump, fill in the area around that chamber with body scrubbies like these.
Put a couple packets of purigen where the water can flow through the packet and go with easy plants like java ferns, annubias and crypts.
Last piece of the puzzle willl be lighting.
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Last edited by ichy; 11-02-2016 at 01:27 AM.