I got a 29g tank on a lark off of Craigslist earlier in the month. The deal was good -- $100 for the tank, stand, light/hood, heater, filter, gravel, large driftwood with 2 anubias already on it, a 5g bucket, a net, and a couple other rock/cave decorations. But then I was too busy to set it up all properly. To make a long story short, the good bacteria and the 2 anubias died. Thankfully, no fish suffered for it. I had no fish waiting on the 29g; my other tank was cycled and fine; and my 10g, which I purchased after the 29g, also cycled quickly and is fine now. Which just leaves the 29g, which is still sitting empty 3 weeks later. The biggest issue with it so far has been the substrate. I knew I wanted to keep a planted tank and I knew I wanted cory cats. So I really wanted sand in the tank. One of the guys at Pacific (an LFS on the Lower East Side) recommended Red Sea Florabase with the silicate sand, and so I went with that. Unfortunately, by the time I learned what a bad idea that was, the Florabase was already in the tank and with the sand. Why was the Florabase so terrible? The Florabase turns to dust and mud and needs to be replaced sooner or later. In a worst case scenario, I'd have to tear down the tank in 6 months. In a best case scenario, I wouldn't have to tear it down for 1.5-2 years. I figured that I'd just get it over with sooner rather than later, since I don't like the idea of displacing a bunch of fish to redo my biggest tank. So I was sad that the Florabase was already mixed with the sand. The cheapskate in me didn't want to get rid of it either so I just tried to sift out what I could. Terrible waste of time, in case anyone's wondering. A base layer of Fluorite, and then sand mixed in with sad little dustings of Florabase are what's in the tank now. I need another 10 or 15 pounds of silicate sand to put in, and then I can start real planting. Anubias on the driftwood again, swords and crypts and other low maintenance plants. Then I start cycling. My stocking plans at the moment are rather conservative. Right now, I just know that I'd like to keep German Blue Rams (a pair or 1 male and 2 females) and cory cats (6 normal sized or 9 pygmy ones). I'm still considering my options and already worried because the cats prefer lower temps by a good 4-6 degrees compared to the GBRs. And I'm concerned about keeping a tank lower than 78 once summer rolls around. I continue to mull over the stocking plan. More on that when I'm not being kept up late, completely miserable with allergies.