Hey guys and gals, I'm new here to the forum. I have always done my own research and done my "own thing" but decided to be more social. So here's the scoop! I purchased a water-tight, although algae-stained-sealant ridden 56 gallon column tank and stand for 40 bucks! its 30 inches wide, 18 inches deep (front to back) and 25 inches tall. I already have a couple inches of Eco-complete plant friendly substrate in there, and purchased a Fluval Aquasky LED fixture for it. I am looking for some suggestions for plants and fish, as I have ALWAYS had long and shallow tanks in the past, and haven't done anything with columns. I plan to use 2 sponge filters (never had a bad experience with them) instead of a HOB. I would like the tank to be thoroughly planted with good ground cover. I would love some input, especially preferences from everyone that feels like contributing, as to what fish tend to thrive in tanks like this, and what I should do for plants. I don't know much about planting, as most of my experience has been drop-in plants from PetSmart. Thanks again! I look forward to hearing about your cool ideas! Also, any suggestions as to how the heck to get algae out of clear sealant would be wonderful. Otherwise I may have to drain the tank, cut the old stuff out, re-seal the thing, and wait a couple weeks to put water back in.