Sorry, been away a week, the problem with having a 2 year old :;juggle. Ok, I have the tank 29 gallon, stand, a house with a air propelled spinning wheel (daughter picked out), gravel, and a few fake plants and thought might start with trying 1 real one. I think I have picked the Fluval 205 for the tank after reading all the posts because I need quiet in my daughters room, and the stackable media, besides it is on sale $100. I plan to get Visitherm Deluxe heater with indicator light, API test Kit liquid Masterkit, Python, thermometer. My plan is to start this the 1st week of May so will cycle by the 2nd week of June, my daughter's birthday is June 19th. Have two questions: 1) other than basics food, extra media, buckets, etc. Am I missing any large item and are any of the above not good or would you recommend different. I am buying at the end of the month. 2) I was told at Petco you can get their used gravel, I am going to see if can at Petsmart. Would this be good to try to quicken my cycle or do you recommend the ammonia adding ways? Thanks again for all the help, I am so glad I found you guys.