Hello all. Brand new to the forum. I want to get an aquarium for my daughter (and me!) for Christmas. I've been reading up and feel ready to do it right. I have always wanted to embark on this hobby with her, and now I have the time and $$ to do it (and she is getting old enough). I've got a PhD in biochemistry and chemistry, so I think I can get through the testing, etc. (yes, the nitrogen cycle is no mystery to me!). I'm thinking freshwater to start - no sense in getting in over my head. But, I think we will want to put ome live plants in there sooner than later. I'm thinking at least 20 gallon - no bigger than 55. Here is my question: should I initially go with a kit (all included) and augment where needed, or buy individual pieces of equipment? To be honest, comparison shopping for each piece is a bit intimidating...but I like doing things right. For example, my impression is that most lamps in kits are weak). If the kit components are OK for a while, that would be easier...but I don't want to spend money on junk. Also, there are a bewildering array of kits out there...Top Kin...Marineland...Red Sea..Aqueon....whew! Advice is welcome!