Actually I did end up getting the spec V, but thanks for the tip. I think that makes me more glad I got the spec instead. I hadn't thought of how it's shape and detentions would make it hard to outfit with the proper gear. Also, the long and narrow look of the spec is really growing on me. I haven't even got it completely set up yet and I can't stop looking at it. >.<
So far I've just got the sand/dirt and driftwood in it and some of the few plants I could identify from my local aquarium store (with more coming in the mail). It's making me glad I decided to start this project. :)
I've already spotted a snail or two from the plants I just got. They're not ramshorn but probably just pond snails. Will those do the trick? Or should I try and get some rams too?