I'm setting up a 40 Breeder Aquarium at the front office of my school. The tank is already up with water. I used a 40 lb of Eco-Complete, a Nicrew ClassicLed Plus (30"-36"), a Penguin 350B (super cheap $20), I added 2 foam blocks of Poret from SwissTropical to the Penguin (the filter has room for extra media). I was planning of using a 3D background but was too expensive so end up using a printed background like a photo. Looks OK. Please see pictures below:
This are some of the plants I think will be bulletproof. This tank will be maintain by the school office manager so it needs to be bullet proof. I'm even planning to use a timer for the light. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong and to add some other nice beginner plants not included. Floating and Other Plants
Marimo Moss Ball
Susswassertang Background and Stem Plants
Vallisneria "Jungle Val"
Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus
Echinodorus Grisebachii or Echinodorus Amazonicus "Amazon Sword"
Microsorum Pteropus "Java Fern"
Mint Bacopa "Bacopa Caroliniana"
Carolina Fanwort "Cabomba Caroliniana"
Ceratophyllum Demersum "Hornwort"
Aponogeton Crispus (Blulb Plant)
Ceratopteris Thalictroides "Water Sprite" Midground
Anubias (any variaty)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red
Cryptocoryne Lutea Foreground and Carpet Plants
Marsilea hirsuta "Dwarf Four Leaf Clover"
Echinodorus Tenellus "Dwarf Chain Sword"
Sagittaria Subulata "Dwarf Sagittaria"