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New to planted tanks, setting up first aquarium today

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Hi there,
I've been lurking at for a while and have been pretty inspired. I've been doing a lot of reading and am finally taking the plunge and setting up my new planted tank next Saturday. I just purchased the tank and soil today and will be getting the plants next week. I'd love feedback on my potential setup before I do everything.

The goal is to create a planted tank to house my betta fish, some shrimp, tiny fish, and algae eaters.

Tank: JBJ RL-8-FP, 8 gallon 10" high JBJ Lighting Aquarium Products
Light: Integrated 9W LED light (sits 3" above waterline)
Filter: Integrated charcoal and bio filter
*I'm open to returning this tank and getting something else. I read that the light is low power and finicky and that the filter doesn't work really well?
Soil: ADA Amazonia 2-4" layer (2" foreground, 4" background)
Water testing: purchasing this
CO2: going DIY with this:
Tools: Purchasing this 5 piece set:

Eleocharis parvula
Limnophila sessiliflora
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow
Anubius varieties
Ludwigia repens 'Rubin'

That's about it, please let me know if you think this will work or if you think there's any room for improvement. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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