Hi everyone, I'm a registered member since a couple of month now and since that moment I never stopped learning new things about maintaining a fish tank and also planted tank. I even gives some advices to a couple of people! In my project I choosed to build my own tank, its a unique tank (for its dimensions) 40x30x35 cm.. 40L (11Gal) The filter is an Eheim classic 2213. For the hardscape, I decided to use the Fluval Stratum substrate for planted tank (the green pack) its a blackish brown colored. I choosed this substrate instead of ADA aquasoil only for a matter of money, the closest store wich sells ADA equipement is 125 KM from me. And for the stones I used some slate (ardoise). I like the look of the slate when broken, and also because its a really common rock in my area. The overall concept is for now really basic, I created a slope from the upper left corner to the front right corner. The thinnest layer of substrate is about 5 cm, is that too much ? I placed some slate, I'm pretty sure there is something I can do to ensure the look, but I can't see it for the moment. I will cycle the tank for the first week, only having one plant, no advanced lighting and no CO2, I will put new stuff next weekend, And start to fertilise next week(2 September). For plants, I'd like to see what you suggest. I'm planning to buy a CO2 system, and I will temporary use a fluorescent bulb (cool white). Here are some pic took with my cellphone. And yes it look like a basement... The only place my step-mother allow me to start a tank.... It's better than nothing!