I'm planning on building this: Stan's DIY 12g Tank Plans - Design Introduction
I can't find the light he said he used, so any advice or suggestions from you guys would be greatly appreciated in that area. I'm also going to build a stand, the bottom of which would hold my filter. I'm thinking either a canister filter or a sump, but I don't know a whole lot about sumps. I know they increase the volume of water in the system, which sounds prettty good to me in this case. I've never had an aquarium this small. My plan is to put sand in the bottom with a large piece of driftwood sticking straight up the middle and some sort of thick, mat-like plant covering the bottom. Perhaps there will be some moss or something on the wood, but that's another area in which I can plead ignorance. I'd like to stock it with red cherry shrimp and possible some other gentle, calm, non-sensitive fish that won't leap out of the tank and will eat similar food as the shrimp. Any and all of this I could use help with.
Summary- Questions regarding the following:
1. Lighting (models, methods of holding up above the water, etc.)
2. Filter (sump? could I make one just like I'm making the tank?)
3. Plants (mat-like floor covering and moss-like stuff for wood)
4. Stocking suggestions