Originally Posted by Pancakes
I never used C02, or ferts, as for lighting it will be a 96w powercompact daytime lights 10,000k. As for the wood, most of it was branches and such I found at the side of the lake while fishing...
I guessing you listed your tank size in gal. I have a 30gal. long and I use a a 96w powercompact. I use a mix of 6700K and 10,000k light. The 10,000k light causes the fish's colors to pop and 6,700k helps with plant growth and makes them look nice and green.
I would not use the sand as someone else said it was for salt water and would raise your KH and pH.
sounds like you are on the right track.