Hi, this is going to be a loooooooooong planning... Some of you have seen my recent topic about bottom drilled tanks. Originally i wanted to go for 370L bottom drilled but decided that its a little to big and i dont have enough experience to pull it out yet and that its better to go for something smaller and later to get something about 200G Another point was that aiming for 370 i would have to go for 12mm glass witch is almost 2 times more expensive. To some up all that i have today ordered 270l 120X45X50cm (48x18x20inch)where 50 is the width optiwhite tank from aquariums ltd. Expected delivery is the middle of april (10 weeks) Equipment: Filtration: I have JBL 1500e and should shortly receive an eheim 2076proE witch will give me around 3200lph and should be enough as i dont want to add powerheads due to intention to keep visible equipment inside the tank to a minimum. I will have koralia 1 ready as a backup though. So filtration is pretty much sorted. 2 sets of lily pipes from ebay. The first set is on its way, i will check the quality and if its good will order the same second set. CO2: 2Kg Fe with cheap wave regulator with solenoid. Have not decided yet about the diffusion. Will probably just let it run through jbl or if some spare money will occur aquamedic reactor would be an option to consider or DIY route. Later might add bigger co2 canister as well. Lighting: Thinking about a slim Arcadia OT2 4x54w T5 at the moment but most likely will go for a used one with the same type of bulbs. If anyone has one and willing to sell give me a shout... Heater Hydor external 300w Substrate: No money for a fancy one unfortunately... Some experimentation will be going on here... The bottom layer will consist of akadama mixed with worm castings, some peat moss and some osmocote. Will probably mix some Ferropol for extra iron. Might add some of this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170400826912&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT That should be the closest alternative to Powersand Top layer will be akadama. As you know that was used by Amano himself in the early days... Sandy foreground is something i am thinking about as well... Hardscape: The first scape will be Iwagumi. Thinking about ohko a.k.a dragon stone. Not sure about the amount needed. Want to have quite lots of hardscape. Need your advice here. At the moment 30kg is considered. If anyone has any to sell you are welcome Plants: Hmmm... Originallly wanted to go for eleocharis parvula as a main plant but having difficulty to source it these days. Mayby will stick to glosso which i have loads and wont need to spend money on. Echinodorus tennelus will be there definitely for the same reason... Not sure if i leave it 2 species or add a third one, have not decided yet, maybe eleocharis vivipara at the back. Fauna A big school of small fish Plus ottos and shrimps (amanos and cherries). Have not decided yet, will see what lfses have to offer when everything is ready. The title is provisional could be that it was used before. Thats it for now. All comments and advice are more than welcome.