Hi all, I've been lurking a bit so decided to make an account and start a project log. I've begun cycling my first aquarium, a 20gal-high. My girlfriend has kept a few small ecosystems including an axolotl, beardies, and a couple aquascapes w/fish & inverts. She's keeping me sharp on the basics while I continue to research competitions and those whose names are 'larger' in this realm to expand my knowledge of the plants, substrates and animals we have to use as well as the ways people have gone about with custom tanks and stands. I've a knack for DIY projects, small engineering challenges and other types of design, so I hope to really get into this, invest some time and money and eventually build my own impressive setups from scratch. I already consider myself a minimalist in most areas so I have already become attracted to many specific styles of 'scapes, though I think this first tank will be more of a busier "part of a larger picture" theme. I'll attach what my girl put together for now, this is just after the first water change, 1wk after filling: Aqueon 24" 15W 8,000K T8 Aqueon Pro 100W heater Fluval 105 w/spray bar Argentine Sword (Echinodorus argentinensis) (back/mid-left) Water Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) (back-right) Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) (on driftwood) We have EXTREMELY hard water here in this side of Omaha (we're talkin 250 wth a pH of ~9), but the 15% change cleared that up and actually seemed to boost NO2/NO3 levels slightly. The tank has kept a steady 76°F with a GH of 125, 0 Cl, 80 KH, and a pH of 7.2 for a few days now. Hoping to maintain. Using StressCoat & StressZyme + Flourish and CO2 tablets. I have a tiger lotus, some flame moss and a few Marimo balls in the mail, along with some more fine black substrate ASAP. A rescape will commence with the new plants/substrate and a water change. The wisteria and sword will be moved to start covering the backside of the tank and the java fern will be moved wherever most aesthetically pleasing. I'll be covering half a coconut husk in flame moss in the back-left with the marimo, the tiger lotus in front of that in the foreground, and the driftwood will shift a bit with a hill built behind it (and eventually some flame moss on/around it once I have enough grown to move around). My basic goal flow is for the eye to start either at the driftwood, moving left to the back-mid then further left to the marimo and forward to the red lotus... or to start at the lotus, move to the marimo and across the back wall of taller plants to the driftwood and let the wood lead the eye back forward to the front-right corner where the eye meets substrate, following the substrate "path" between moss hills back to front-mid, mid-mid, and back-right under the driftwood arch. Down the road I'm looking to get 10-15 bumblebee & red cherry shrimp, 1 clam, and eventually 2 German rams to finish this 20gal off. I'll start a project log and continue this in there. Immediate concerns would be if my light is way off what I should be using or if any of my plant/animal combination seems off. Thanks for all your help, everyone!