I have had this tank setup for about 8 months now and have changed it quite a lot. You probably wouldn't even think it is the same tank, but I assure you, it is lol.
Day One: Not close to enough plants lol, but it was how I started and learned from it.
Couple days later I got floating plants from a member on here, Some growth from the plants as well.
Then maybe a month or even less, notice how much it filled in.
Sometime in late April I switched to gravel as my sand cap was too big and was killing plants from being packed, I also got plants from Sakura ( Thanks Sakura!) and a dual T5HO fixture.
And today it has been rearranged to more of an open tank for viewing and I wanted crypts. I also hung my light 10 inches above the aquarium due to too much light going into the tank.
If anyone has any questions on plants, equipment, ferts, etc please ask. The current stock is the 5 bettas in my avatar, 3 zebra nerite snails, and like 10 ghost shrimp.