Right, this will be my first attempt at a planted tank with plants being the main focus, rather than plants being shoved in around the fish. i want to get to learn to grow them properly rather than jumping in at the deep and 'struggling to swim' so to speak. On with the Basics...... Tank: Juwel Rio 240 (240L) Filtration: TT EX1200 and TT EX700 (may change) Lighting: 2x30w T8 (standard on the tank) = an arcadia 'I' bar with 2x 39w T5. (i probably will only have the t5's on and perhaps a 2 hour midday burst with the t8's) co2: 2kg FE Substrate: Aquabasis with Akadma on top (double red line, not presoaked or washed at all) and then Black gravel for around the 'islands' Heating: going to purchase a Hydor ETH. (not sure on the right one. (wattage and size to fit the filter)) Some pictures of the substrate and layout. it wont change to much as i dont really have time to 'fiddle' and i just dont want to, the odd cm here or there i dont mind sorting out. Which of the tow do you prefer, or have any other ideas.? Position No 1: No2: C+C welcome of course. i am flying off to Iceland at the weekend so you may not hear from me for a week or so.