Having been a ukaps member for three years, and reading many accounts of your fabulous tanks, I have finally taken the dive and have recently started my journey on trying to create a planted tank.
My background in the hobby has mainly been around the keeping of killi fish. My previous project was based around a number of 40cm cube tanks in which I bred a range of African killi species. I can't find a picture of the set up in its former glory but here is one taken in its early days.
I have since moved house and now live in a flat and have neither the room nor the time for the kind of intensive fish keeping I was previously engaged with.
I have always wanted to create a large planted aquarium to show off the vibrant colours and interesting behaviour of killifish. When I saw an ad on eBay for a 5 ft tank for less than £300, incl T5 lighting, Eheim II Pro, two other power filters, RO unit and lots of other stuff, I could not resist the temptation.
The traditional way of keeping killifish is in small tanks (10-20l tanks are common), with dim lighting, gentle sponge filtration systems (if at all) and usually only one species per tank. This will be a tank of gigantic proportions in comparison and will house a number of different species of killis with sufficient lighting and flow to allow for a lavish display of plants.
I have lots to learn and look forward to sharing my pitfalls and (fingers crossed) successes with you over the next few months.