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In my opinion, you'll have less problems starting off if you go with just the one bulb (until you get adjusted to caring for a planted tank) . Since it's not high light, you might consider dosing you ferts at 2/3 of the recommended EI rates. Then you can bump it up when you decide to add the other bulb.
+1 on Trena's recommendation for 8 hrs to start. But I wouldn't hesitate to try some moderate-light plants. I started with about 2 wpg on a 50 and was able to at least grow Bacopa, and with only DIY CO2.

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Do you think 2-4 inches of substrate is enough ?? I would shoot for a couple of more inches if possible. In fact you can get away with sloping your substrate so that it can be a bit shallower in the front and deeper at the back for the (likely) larger background plants.... just a thought.
Based on everything I've read from the aquascaping and substrates forums (and from past experience), the average substrate is 3-4" deep.
 
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