Since someone dragged me out of my lurker-hole, i might as well reveal my current project. Got the family an aquarium last january and created the setup below: Unfortunately the lighting was very low (14w screwbulb, approx. 750 lm) and i didn't do any research prior to getting the plants. So the plants slowly got worse and the internodes increased rapidly. To top thing of my wife got in 3 apple snails, which (when fed properly) leave the plants alone. They made 1 nest and i found out 80 snails are hard to keep well fed. So they started eating a lot of plants. I decided it was time to start over, but this time with some more lighting. So i created a new top with 2x 13w t5 tl's (approx. 1900 lm). I know my woodworking skills ... ehrm ... are none existent, so maybe i'll make a non-crooked version someday: I know the tank doesn't look like much right now, but i'm taking my time for this one. I have some Sera CO2 tabs which i will use for now, but i plan to make the diy CO2 setup i found in this forum. Most of the snails are now back to the LFS and i am currently researching possible plants and suitable layout. The thing is: the tank is in the living room and my wife and kids have a say in the flora and fauna in the tank. It needs to have about the same feeling as the first pic. Oh, and the fish in the tank are: - 2x Colisa Chuna - 5x Corydoras Schwartzii - 6x Otocinclus - 8x Rasbora Heteromorpha - 5x Poecilia Reticulata (got some from my neighbour and my daughter insisted we keep them) - some apple snails (don't know the latin name, but they will leave the tank soon) I will keep you updated. Comments and suggestions are welcome of course.