Just wanted to share the specs and a few shots of my 30 gallon tank.
7 ghost shrimp
6 black skirt tetra
7 zebra danio
1 mystery snail
Plants include; Java Fern, Amazon Sword, Bamboo, Anubias and a couple of others that I forget the name of. Probably around 25 plants total in this tank right now.
1 piece of driftwood, planted.
Substrate; Mix of Aqua Culture Gravel (brown and red) and river rock bought from WalMart.
Filter(s); 1 - External Tetra FS 30-60 Power Filter, 1 - Internal Tetra Whisper 10-30 Power Filter.
Light; 1 - 17w T8 24" flourescent. Full hood.
Heater; 1 - Tetra 10-30 Submersible Heater. Placed right by intake of the FS 30-60 Power Filter.
Pump; 1 - Aqua Culture 20-60 with 4 way gang valve, that takes both inputs with 4 out. 2 outputs being used, 2 open.
Bubble Stones; 1 - 12" curtain at very back of aquarium, 2 small stones (1 at each front corner, connected by a T to 1 feed line).
Notes: This set up as been running since November 26th, 2012. Once I got everything together (substrate, decorations, majority of plants and I also put one course filter from another tank I had to help kick start the good bacteria) I added some liquid "quick start" in the water and then let the tank run for about 2 days. Then transfered the fish I had over from a 20 Gallon tank, and added in a few more. So far, the tank has been very successful. Taking water samples to the lfs often and they always are in good parameters.
Summary; I am a big believer in the use of real plants in an aquarium, and to be honest I think that is a large factor as to why this tank has been succesful so far, I have not had to deal with an ammonia spike, and very little fish loss. I had gotten a dalmation molly, but within one day of putting it in my tank, it showed signs of ich, and I ended up taking it back to the lfs I got it from. Really having fun with my new tank! :)